Maulana Sheerani lacks Islamic legal training, appointment as CII chief challenged in court

Ali Zain 02:10 PM | 17 Jun, 2016
Maulana Sheerani lacks Islamic legal training, appointment as CII chief challenged in court
ISLAMABAD (Staff Report) - A petition has been filed in the Islamabad High Court (IHC), challenging Maulana Mohammad Khan Sheerani's appointment as chairman of the Council of Islamic Ideology (CII).

The plea was moved by Moeen Hayat Cheema, a former law professor at the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS), through his legal counsel Mirza Shahzad Akbar.

After initial hearing on Thursday, Justice Aamer Farooq adjourned the proceedings, issuing a notice to the state. He ordered that the reply must be filed within ten days, after which the fate of the petition would be decided.

In the petition, it has been argued that Maulana Sheerani's credentials do not match the educational and constitutional requirements of the CII chairman's position.

It argued that a person must have vast knowledge of the principles and philosophy of Islam and a thorough understanding of social, economic, political and legal problems faced by Pakistan to become a member of the CII.

However, contrary to this, Sheerani doesn't have any such legal education as he never received education at any university, and does not have any training or publications on Islamic jurisprudence in his name.

Sheerani only received education at madrassas such as Mataul Uloom Quetta and Meerajul Uloom Bannu, which means that his appointment was illegal and against the constitution.

The petition further notes that the CII is a government-run body and Maulana Sheerani is the CII chairman as well as an elected member of the National Assembly from NA-264. However, the law forbids any public office holder to contest elections.

It also mentions an order of the Supreme Court precedent, which says that president's authority to make constitutional appointments is not unfettered and must be exercised judiciously, while Sheerani's appointment is a part of a political settlement between the PML-N and JUI-F.

The petitioner prayed to the court that appointment of Maulana Sheerani should be declared invalid from the very day he took over the CII chairman post.

Ali Zain
Ali Zain

Ali Zain is a member of the staff at Daily Pakistan Global. He earned BS Communication Studies degree from University of the Punjab. His thesis titled "Cultural Continuity and Mass Media: An analysis of leading online newspapers ...


KARACHI - Following are the foreign currency exchange rates for US Dollar, Saudi Riyal, UK Pound Sterling, U.A.E. Dirham, European Euro, and other foreign currencies in Pakistan open market on January 27, 2023 (Friday).

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 07:00 AM)

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 264 266
Euro EUR 274 276.7
UK Pound Sterling GBP 311 314
U.A.E Dirham AED 68.7 69.3
Saudi Riyal SAR 66.4 67
Australian Dollar AUD 176 178
Bahrain Dinar BHD 615.68 620.18
Canadian Dollar CAD 186 188
China Yuan CNY 34.12 34.37
Danish Krone DKK 33.83 34.18
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 29.52 29.87
Indian Rupee INR 2.81 2.89
Japanese Yen JPY 2.5 2.54
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 756.69 761.69
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 52.59 53.04
New Zealand Dollar NZD 148.33 149.53
Norwegians Krone NOK 22.43 22.73
Omani Riyal OMR 600.37 604.87
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 63.5 64
Singapore Dollar SGD 178 179.3
Swedish Korona SEK 21.78 22.08
Swiss Franc CHF 250.23 251.98
Thai Bhat THB 6.98 7.08

KARACHI – The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs197,900 on Friday. The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs168,000.

Likewise, 10 grams of 22k gold were being traded for Rs150,300 while a single tola of 22-karat gold was being sold at Rs 173,200.

Note: The gold rate in Pakistan is fluctuating according to the international market so the price is never been fixed. The below rates are provided by local gold markets and Sarafa Markets of different cities.

City Gold Silver
Lahore PKR 197,900 PKR 2,100
Karachi PKR 197,900 PKR 2,100
Islamabad PKR 197,900 PKR 2,100
Peshawar PKR 197,900 PKR 2,100
Quetta PKR 197,900 PKR 2,100
Sialkot PKR 197,900 PKR 2,100
Attock PKR 197,900 PKR 2,100
Gujranwala PKR 197,900 PKR 2,100
Jehlum PKR 197,900 PKR 2,100
Multan PKR 197,900 PKR 2,100
Bahawalpur PKR 197,900 PKR 2,100
Gujrat PKR 197,900 PKR 2,100
Nawabshah PKR 197,900 PKR 2,100
Chakwal PKR 197,900 PKR 2,100
Hyderabad PKR 197,900 PKR 2,100
Nowshehra PKR 197,900 PKR 2,100
Sargodha PKR 197,900 PKR 2,100
Faisalabad PKR 197,900 PKR 2,100
Mirpur PKR 197,900 PKR 2,100


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