Wed, Mar 29, 2017 | updated 10:46 AM IST

Shia women allowed to perform Haj without male family member

Updated: Aug 02, 2016 09:25 IST

Lahore, Aug 2 (ANI): The Lahore High Court has directed the religious affairs ministry to permit Shia women to perform Haj without 'mehram' [a close male family member] this year.

According to Dawn, Justice Ayesha A. Malik granted the interim relief to Shia women after the ministry's counsel sought more time to reveal the name of the official who had decided to follow a 2013 recommendation of the Council of Islamic Ideology (CII) to allow women pilgrims to perform Haj only with mehram.

The judge put off the matter till Oct 14. She was hearing a petition questioning the 'discriminatory treatment' meted out to Shia pilgrims, particularly women, during the process to go to Saudi Arabia for Haj.

In the earlier hearing, the ministry told the court that it never sought advice from the CII on the issue, but a parliamentary committee decided to follow the council's recommendation to allow women to perform Haj only with mehram.

At this, Justice Malik asked the ministry to reveal the name of the official who had enforced the CII recommendation.

The counsel for the petitioner, barrister Maqsooma Zahra Bokhari, argued that the role of the CII was advisory in nature and its recommendations could not be implemented unless they became law.

She asked why the recommendation of the council was not followed before 2016 and she also pointed out that the CII members belonging to the Shia community had dissented from the recommendation.

She further requested the court to direct the ministry to provide facilities to Shia pilgrims as per their Fiqh as the ministry had already committed before the court. (ANI)

Dubai [UAE], Mar. 29 (ANI): Pakistan is pursuing a two faced policy of trying to befriend Iran and at the same time maintaining close ties with Saudi Arabia, according to informed sources and in the process is angering both Iran and Saudi Arabia.

Full Story >>

Trump attacks NYT, asks it to be more honest

Updated: Mar 29, 2017 06:46 IST

New Delhi [India], Mar. 29 (ANI): Citing a report in United States' news daily New York Post, President Donald Trump has attacked New York Times stating that the news daily's deteriorating readership could have improved had it been honest about its reports.

Full Story >>

London [UK], Mar. 29 (ANI): Thousands of people have signed a petition calling for First Lady of the United States Melania Trump to move into the White House or to foot the security bill for staying in the Trump Tower in New York.

Full Story >>

London [UK], Mar. 29 (ANI): British Prime Minister Theresa May will today trigger Article 50 that will kick-start the Brexit process for Britain to formally leave the European Union (EU) in two years' time.

Full Story >>

Beijing [China], Mar. 29 (ANI): China and the Philippines will hold the first meeting of a bilateral consultation mechanism on the South China Sea issue in May.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Mar. 29 (ANI): The United States has expressed its concerns over the irregularities, ?which it said impeded a free and fair vote in the Maldives Parliament, during the no-confidence motion against speaker Abdulla Maseeh.

Full Story >>

London [UK], Mar. 29 (ANI): Takeoffs and landings have temporarily been halted at London Stansted Airport after pro-migrant activists stormed the runway in an attempt to keep a "deportation flight" of failed asylum seekers grounded at the Essex airport.

Full Story >>

Washington D. C. [USA], Mar. 29 (ANI):U.S. President Donald Trump has signed an executive order that could be the end of Obama-era environmental policy.

Full Story >>

Scotland, Mar. 29 (ANI): First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon has won a key vote for a second independence referendum, triggering accusations from British ministers that her demands are premature.

Full Story >>

Washington D. C. [USA], Mar. 29 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to visit Washington later this year.

Full Story >>

Dhaka [Bangladesh], Mar. 28 (ANI): Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) Chairperson Khaleda Zia has been asked by a Dhaka Court to appear before it on April 10 in connection with 11 cases that include sedition and inciting violence.

Full Story >>

Kabul [Afghanistan], Mar. 28 (ANI): Afghan Defense Ministry spokesman Dawlat Waziri urged Pakistan to stop supporting terrorists and asked Islamabad to prevent terrorists coming into their territory.

Full Story >>

Kathmandu [Nepal], Mar. 28 (ANI): Indian Army Chief, General Bipin Rawat, arrived on a four day visit to Kathmandu on Tuesday to receive the honorary General title of Nepal Army.

Full Story >>

Islamabad [Pakistan], Mar. 28 (ANI): Asserting that Islamabad needs to address its internal issues, former Pakistan's Ambassador to the United States Ashraf Jehangir Qazi has said that China would never own Pakistan's problems as it has its own vision and given its issues with the United States and India.

Full Story >>

New York [United States], Mar. 28 (ANI): U.S. defense officials have claimed that recently North Korea conducted another ballistic missile engine test.

Full Story >>

Berlin [Germany], Mar. 28 (ANI): The German Government has lauded the Make in India Mittelstand (MIIM) programme of the Indian Embassy in Berlin as an extraordinary initiative towards the overall Indo-German Business relations.

Full Story >>

Johannesburg [South Africa], Mar. 28 (ANI): Legendary South African anti-apartheid activist Ahmed Kathrada, who spent 26 years in jail with Nelson Mandela, passed away at the age of 87 on Tuesday after a short period of illness.

Full Story >>

Sheikhupura [Pakistan], Mar. 28 (ANI): At least two people were killed and five others wounded after a Karachi-bound passenger train, Shalimar Express, collided with an oil tanker in Punjab's Sheikhupura district leading to a huge explosion in the wee hours of Tuesday.

Full Story >>

Hong Kong (China), Mar. 28 (ANI): China's One Belt, One Road is the brainchild of President Xi Jinping, a concept he floated in 2013.

Full Story >>

Washington D.C. [U.S.A.], Mar. 28 (ANI): Asserting that his linkage with the Russia story is a 'hoax', U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday questions as to why the House Intelligence Committee is not investigating Bill and Hilary Clintons various ties with Moscow.

Full Story >>