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TRAINING COURSE ON JUDICIAL SYSTEM OF THE KINGDOM OF SAUDI ARABIA
Published on: September 20th, 2019

A delegation of Pakistani judges is visiting KSA for  obtaining first-hand experience of various dimensions and intricacies of the Saudi criminal system. Here is a briefed account of the details which are being sent to us on daily basis by Mr. Sohail Khan, Lecturer Shariah Academy Pakistan:

The delegation of Pakistani judges visited the complex of criminal court of Riyadh with the objective to obtain first-hand experience of various dimensions and intricacies of the Saudi criminal system.

The complex consists of the state-of-the-art building spread over multiple stories, equipped with security cameras and IT equipment. Every proceeding was being recorded visually and vocally, monitored live by the chief of court.  The delegation met with the honorable justice Dr. Abdul Karim bin Saleh Al-muqdim, where his lordship briefed the delegation about judicial system of Saudi Arabia, jurisdiction of the court of criminal proceedings, appellant court, and the supreme Court.  Stating that the Criminal Court of Riyadh is the trail court where criminal proceedings are initiated.

The appeal of these cases lies with the appellant court of the province. Its pertinent to mention here that, the Royal Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has 13 provinces, so each province has an appellant court. Speedy trail is one of the features of the Saudi judicial system. As a normal criminal proceeding may not take more than two months, whereas in serious and heinous crimes the maximum time may reach upto one year but not more. The court work is divided into categories, the first category, tries serious crimes, heard by a bench of three judges, whereas the rest are heard by a single judge. 30-40 cases are allocated to the bench per month whereas the workload of single judge is double that number. The learned chief specifically apprised the participants, in response to their questions, that the right of the accused to cross examine the witnesses produced against him through his defense lawyer is ingrained in the Saudi judicial system as a basic principle. In response to a question raised by a participant, the delegation was informed, that not only the judgments are written by printed and made available to the parties and general public. For this purpose, there is a special wing in the system.

It is worth mentioning here, that the bench cannot delay the announcing a judgment if the judge(s) has reached to a certain conclusion after the facts has been established and the proceedings completed.

The delegation than was divided into three groups, each group attended separate court and observed live proceedings at various stages of the trail. The delegates were able to see live, recording of evidence, recording of statement of accused, and announcement of judgment. They also observed that, there were accused on bail during the trail, whereas, accused in custody were also produced in court, providing them an opportunity to attend proceedings. These accused were made to sit in separate glass chambers duly hand cuffed. The accused on bail received a gist of the court order on their mobile phone. The court duly confirmed from these accused on bail the receipt of the order in open court. The convicting bench made the convict understand regarding his right of appeal with the limitation of thirty days. Since the Saudi legal system has got separate court for the execution of the verdict of the court, therefore, the accused was referred to these courts for execution of the verdict. The delegation also observed that in each case the adjournment was for a single day only. Another group observed the attempt of the accused to delay the process by accruing the services of three lawyers on three hearings. This attempt was noted by the bench and brought on record with warning issued to the accused against any delay. The case was adjourned for a single day only. Furthermore, the delegation observed with interest that, in almost all the cases pertaining the possession of narcotics, the accused openly confessed the guilt of possession of narcotics but denied indulgence in narcotics trade as alleged by the prosecution. It was probably due to the knowledge, that punishment for the trade of narcotics is far savior than possession. Now the question before the court for decision was were the accused was involved in the trade or not for which evidence was summoned. The senior judge of the bench in each group was kind enough to invite the participants to their chambers whereby they answered their questions. The most remarkable feature of the Saudi legal system as noted by the participants, that whenever there is a compromise in case it is only regarding haq khas which is right in personum but this accused can still be convicted for violation of haq e aam which is nearer to right in rem because every criminal act is considered as a crime against society as well. The delegation felt that this aspect of the Saudi legal system is conducive to the peace prevailing in the county.

The visit acquainted the learned Pakistani judges with working of Islamic law, its interpretation and implementation in the criminal proceedings.

 

 

JUDGES OF SHRAIAH ACADEMY COURSE WELCOMED AT IMAM MUHAMMAD UNIVERSITY
Published on: September 20th, 2019

A delegation of judges of the training course of Shariah Academy titled “Judicial System of Kingdom of Saudi Arabia was warmly welcomed at university in Riyadh, while and the participants also visited different courts  of  KSA. The course is started with the collaboration of Imam Muhammad Ibne Saud University Riyadh.

Prof. Dr. Ahmed bin Salim Al-Amri of Imam Muhammad bin Saud Islamic University welcomed the delegation. He said that this course is a bridge of cooperation between both nations and it will help in exchange of experiences. He also pointed out the advantages of the Saudi judicial and justice system in Saudi Arabia. He elaborated that Higher Institute of the Judiciary is specialized in such courses.

Afterwards, Prof. Dr. Abdul Hamid Al-Jelyukel presented the objectives of the training course, including the comprehensive knowledge of all criminal systems in the Kingdom and the judicial tribe related to criminal legislation in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Prof. Dr. Muhammad Munir – Vice President of the International Islamic University of Islamabad expressed thanks and happiness for the hospitality by the Imam university’s officials.

The Course resumed with a lecture by  Dr. Qassim bin Musaed bin Qassim Al-Faleh, member of the faculty of the Higher Institute of the Judiciary, entitled: “Crimes of Trafficking in Persons: An Exploratory Study on International Law Compared to the Saudi System in the Field and Other Laws”.

 

DEPT. OF POLITICS & IR, IIUI HOLDS WORKSHOP ON “NUCLEAR NON-PROLIFERATION ISSUES AND STRATEGIC STABILITY IN SOUTH ASIA
Published on: September 20th, 2019

The Department of Politics and International Relations, Faculty of Social Sciences, FSS, International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI) in collaboration with Student Advisor Office of university organized a workshop on “Nuclear Non-Proliferation Issues and Strategic Stability in South Asia” at Allama Iqbal Auditorium, Faisal Masjid Campus.

Dr. Manzoor Khan Afridi, Chairman, Department of Politics and I.R, FSS, IIUI highlighted the importance of nuclear learning for the students of Politics and I.R. The event was chaired by Professor, P&IR, Dr. Muhammad Khan. He discussed the significance of being a nuclear weapon state. He gave an overall overview of the workshop and also discussed the historical background of the nuclear development in South Asia, recent and future challenges.

Dr Zafar Nawaz Jaspal, Professor, School of Politics and International Relations, Quaid-I-Azam University, Islamabad talked about nuclear history, policy making, nuclear proliferation in the world, Indo-Pak nuclear policies, emerging threats and challenges. Ms. Huma Rehman who is Senior Research Fellow, Center for International Strategic Studies (CISS), gave a detailed presentation on the “Emerging Technologies, Arms Race and their Impact on Strategic Stability of South Asia”, in which she highlighted the challenges of modern technology and its impact on the strategic stability of south Asia.

Dr. Masood Ur Rehman Khattak, Faculty Member, Department of P&IR, IIUI apprised the students about “Doctrinal Transformation in the Indian Military: Challenges for the Deterrence Stability of South Asia.” He discussed the Indian military’s conventional doctrinal development and its impact on regional security specifically Pakistan.

Dr. Tauqeer Hussain Sargana, Faculty Member, Department of I.R, IIUI emphasized on the “Changing Dynamics of Deterrence in South Asia: An Interplay of Conventional and Nuclear Threshold”. His presentation evaluated the overall conventional and nuclear policy making issues in south Asia and their impact on Pakistan.

Ms. Saima Aman Sial, Senior Research Fellow at CISS   described in details about the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Regime: Challenges and Opportunities for Pakistan. Last but not least Dr. Ashfaq Ahmed, Assistant Professor, P&IR. University of Sargodha highlighted and brought under discussion very important issue, “Transformation of the Indian Nuclear Doctrine: From No First Use to First Use Policy”. In which he analyzed the Indian military’s First use policy and evaluated whether they can operationalise it or not.

At the end or workshop detailed in question/answer session speakers answered question of participants. At the end of the workshop Chairman Department of P&IR distributed souvenirs among the speakers and distributed certificates among students.

 

 

CONFERENCE ON CHILD RIGHTS HELD AT IIUI
Published on: September 19th, 2019

EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS URGED TO PROTECT CHILD RIGHTS: CONFERENCE PARTICIPANTS

Participants of the National Conference on the Rights of the Children organized by Sociology Department, Faculty of Social Sciences, International Islamic University Islamabad with the collaboration of Child Rights Movement, agree that the role of educational institutions in the protection and promotion of the children’s rights is important, while experts and educational institutions will have to find solutions to formulate a strategy.

Addressing the conference participants, Federal Parliamentary Secretary for Health, Noushin Hamid said that protecting children’s rights is one of the basic priorities of the present government. The government is taking several initiatives in this regard.

Managing Director, Bait Ul Maal, Auon Abbas Bappi said on the occasion that through Pakistan Sweet Homes, we are supporting the timely needs of orphans and helpless children and various civil society organizations are doing their best in this regard. There is an urgent need to further improve the relationship between us.

Prof. Dr. Muhammad Masoom Yasinzai, Rector, IIUI in his address said that no country can think of development without giving rights to its children in a better and safer environment. The University is taking initiatives to raise awareness for the rights of children in addition to quality education. Today’s National Conference of this important nature in conjunction with the Child Rights Movement is proof of this.

Dr. Hazir Ullah, Deputy Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences, and Provost Female, Dr. Amina Mehmood also spoke on child rights and challenges in promoting child rights with the perspective of Pakistan. They also elaborated role of academic and civil society organizations to meet the prevailing challenges in this regard. The conference was also attended by a large number of faculty members and students of social sciences at Allam Iqbal Auditorium, Faisal Masjid Campus of the University. The conference was also attended by experts from across the country working for education and children’s rights.

 

IIUI PRESIDENT PARTICIPATES IN CONFERENCE ON STATE-BUILDING JURISPRUDENCE IN EGYPT
Published on: September 16th, 2019

The President of the International Islamic University in Islamabad, Prof. Dr. Ahmed Yousif Al-Draiweesh participated in 30th International Conference of the Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs of the Egyptian Ministry of Endowments in Cairo under the auspices of President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi. The conference was aimed to discuss contemporary views of citizenship within Islam.

The conference came under the title: ‘State-building Jurisprudence…A Modern Jurisprudence Vision,’ with the participation of about 500 figures from different countries including ministers of endowments, muftis, and presidents of Islamic councils from 57 countries, including 20 African nations.

The participation of the President of the University in this important global conference is part of his efforts to introduce IIUI on international forums and conferences.

The conference was attended by prominent scientific and academic personalities, ministers and senior scholars from several Islamic countries and others. IIUI President briefed the participants on the current efforts of the International Islamic University in the service of Islam and Muslims. He also discussed with the participants in the conference about progress of the educational system.

IIUI President emphasized on building bridges of cooperation and communication between educational institutions of the Muslim world.

He elaborated that university administration and faculty are committed to address the challenges of hour and provide solution to the problems of Muslim world.

 

DAWAH ACADEMY IIUI: HUMAN RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM PARTICIPANTS VISIT NEW CAMPUS
Published on: September 13th, 2019

Participants of Human Resource Development Program (HRD) for professionals and officers, organized by Dawah Academy, International Islamic University Islamabad visited new campus. The delegation met with IIUI Vice President (Academics), Prof. Dr. Muhammad Tahir Khalily who briefed them regarding IIUI profile, vision, future approach and goals through a detailed introductory documentary. The delegation was also informed about admission process in detail.

The participants discussed the role of the university at international level and hailed the vast efforts being put by IIUI administration for betterment of Muslim societies across the borders.

According to details, Incharge Program, Dr. Farid Brohi, told that 35th Human Resource Development Program started on 1st September, 2019 in which 34 professionals and officers serving government are participating. The training program will continued till 30th September, 2019.

 

IRD PUBLISHES DR. MUNIR’S BOOK ON THE LAW OF WAR AND PEACE IN ISLAM
Published on: September 13th, 2019

Prof. Dr Muhammad Munir, a Professor of law and Vice President of the International Islamic University (IIU), Islamabad, has authored a book titled ‘ The Law of War and Peace in Islam: Causes and Conduct of Jihad and Non-State Islamic Actors under Islamic Law’.

Iqbal International Institute for Research and Dialogue of IIUI IRD published the book which is a well-researched comprehensive account of the Law of War and Peace in Islam. It basically challenges the contemporary treatment of war and peace that’s mainly driven by the behavior and conduct of Islamic militants rather than the rich textual tradition.

Prof. Dr Muhammad Munir is currently Vice President Administration, Finance and Planning at IIUI, while he has received his PhD from university of Karachi. He is a Professor of Law at the department of Law. He has also served as Director General Shariah Academy of the IIUI and he is having over 40 articles on his account which are on jurisprudence, Muslim family law, human rights and issues in Pakistani legal system.

The book was earlier published by Edwin Mellen Press. It focuses on the concept of jihad as it has been the subject of vigorous academic writings since 9/11. The writer has  discussed literature on jihad and maintained that in most cases the phenomenon has been misunderstood and distorted.  In its 11 chapters, the book also contains content on the self-declared jihadi organizations, or non-State Islamic actors, and says they have abused the doctrine of jihad. The writer says a common man’s perception of Islam is to judge it to a large extent through his view of actions of the non-State Islamic actors such as al-Qa’ida, Daish, Boko Haram, or local jihadists organizations such as the Taliban rather than by the principles of Islamic law.

“A book such as this is so important to remind whoever wants to be reminded of the limitations on the use of force under Islamic law. Professor Munir follows a classic approach to Islamic law, always careful and cautious to remain within the mainstream of Sunni thought in the Hanafi tradition. His book is an important addition to the literature on the subject and it will hopefully contribute to a better understanding of Islamic law, at least to English reading audiences.” Said Professor Emeritus M. CherifBassiouni, DePaul University.

“What distinguishes this work from all the others is its all-embracing approach and depth of its analysis. The author’s profound knowledge of the Islamic law and his command in the Arabic, Urdu and English languages, combined with his conspicuous capability of penetrating into the difficult Islamic legal texts that have resulted in a scholarly text of high international standard.” Professor Said Mahmoudi, Stockholm University, remarked.

IIUI Leadership, faculty and legal fraternity have congratulated Dr. Munir on a publishing valuable book terming it a contemporary requirement.

 

IIUI OBSERVES DEFENCE DAY AS KASHMIR SOLIDARITY DAY
Published on: September 9th, 2019

The International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI) observed the Defence and Martyrs Day on Friday as the Kashmir Solidarity Day to reaffirm support of Pakistani nation for the oppressed people of India-held Kashmir.

The university leadership marked the day on the directions of the government to show solidarity with Kashmiris. Both IIUI Rector Dr. Masoom Yasinzai and President Dr. Ahmed Yousif Al-Draiweesh led the rallies and walks at male and female campuses which were attended by IIUI VPs, Deans, DGs, Directors, faculty members and students.

The participants of the walk were holding banners with a mention of Indian atrocities and they also chanted slogans for the right of freedom of Kashmiris.

IIUI Rector Dr. Masoom Yasinzai reiterated the resolve that IIUI will keep fighting for the rights of Kashmiris. He said Indian oppression and heinous crimes in occupied Kashmir must be stopped and world powers must come forward to save humanity. He said IIUI’s active participation in the event is an omen varsity’s commitment to the Kashmir cause.  He said since Aug 5, residents of the occupied valley have been living under strict curfew and other crippling restrictions. He said that India has opened a way to all the states to fight for their freedoms and now she will face a severe reaction from all the states.He said that this year, the day is being observed to pay tribute to the martyrs and to reaffirm the commitment to defending the motherland against all threats.

IIUI president Dr. Al-Draiweesh prayed for the end of miseries and a peaceful solution of Kashmir issue. He said people of Kashmir are an omen of struggle and there is no example of their commitment and love for land. He emphasized on peaceful settlement of the conflict in accordance with the relevant international resolutions. Dr. Al-Draiweesh said that love and devotion of Pakistanis for the Kashmir cause is appreciable.

IIUI President said that Kashmir issue is one of the issues of concern to the Muslim world and all the nations must play an active role for its resolution. IIUI President also called for arranging conference, seminars and dialogues with greater frequency to create more awareness and information about the disputes and miseries being faced by Kashmiris.

 

 

PROFESSOR BRYAN REYNOLDS SPEAKS AT IIUI
Published on: September 6th, 2019

The department of English of the International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI )arranged a talk on Performance Activism, Transversal Potentialities by Bryan Reynolds, Chancellor’s Professor Claire Trevor Professor of Drama, University of California, Irvine.

It was also attended by Rector IIUI Dr. Masoom Yasinzai, Dean Faculty of Languages and Literature (FLL) Dr. Ayaz Afsar, Dr. Muhammad Sheeraz Dasti, Dr. Munazza Yaqoob , Dr. Abid Masood (coordinator of the talk) and other facuty memebers.

“The lecture is on my work with Mark LeVine and our collaborations with the Transversal Theater Company and local artists in various countries in the Middle East, Africa, and South Asia in the creation of politically engaged performing arts under oppressive societal structures and in conflict zones” said Bryan.

Discussing the theme of the talk, he maintained “as promises for the future, children occupy a crucial position in all human societies. However, because of this crucial position, the figure of the child, as paradigmatic trope of “child” or incarnation of “childhood,” poses an anxious contribution to theoretical discourses of subjectivity, and political subjectivity especially, as well as to their practical implementation into “civil” society”.

He furthered that the child embodies aspects of alterity and is permitted de facto certain liberties based on assumptions about its developing social identity and the limits it presents with regard to sanctioned subjectivation.

He said that contemporary cultural representations of childhood often reveal fissures in the logic and assumptive frameworks they reciprocally attempt to support.  He argued: without assuming an ethical position on children’s roles within this spectrum, we can observe that the possibility of rupturing dominant social systems accompanies the child’s cognitive, emotional, and physical development.

Bryan said that to function in society, then, one must have spent time at least rehearsing, typically with much play, society’s possible unraveling. He said “I want to argue that, rather than containing this notion as a closed-off space/time in which alterity is stripped and adult subjects are created, childhood’s condition as necessarily subversive — a fugitive rehearsal within official culture — is rich with alternative conceptions, fluctuations, and performances of subjectivity, and thus offers much potential for children as vanguards of cultural resistance and change”.

IIUI Rector, in his speech said that Theatre has great social significance. It has the potential to teach through showing not telling. He said Human beings, especially in their childhood phase learn a lot of things through observation. They imitate others and imitation of action, in the words of great Greek philosopher Aristotle, is the basis of drama. Rector IIUI said If we want to instill positive values in our societies, we can use theatre to do this and vice versa.

Referring to the work of Bryan and oppression in the world specially talking about the children protest and plight in Kashmir, Dr. Masoom said that the world is passing through a difficult phase in its history. There are wars, occupations, bloodsheds. There are oppressed and oppressors. As practitioners of theatre, it is the duty of directors and artists tohighlight the oppressor as the oppressor and the oppressed as oppressed. He furthered that take the example of what is happening in Kashmir these days, It is almost a month that people of Kashmir are living under the curfew. “The world has almost turned a deaf ear to the plight of Kashmiris. No one is paying any attention to their screams, children are being blinded by the pellet gun” he said. He furthered “ I would hope that our distinguished guest would highlight the plight of Kashmiris as he has done for Palestinians thorough his play Nabi Saleh that has shown the plight of people of Palestine” said IIUI Rector.

The audience asked questions about the works of Professor specially regarding theme of his drama Nabi Saleh, protest tourism and plight of being in oppression in front of other nations, which were answered in detail by the speaker of talk. In the end, a university crest was presented to Professor Bryan Reynolds.

 

IIUI PRESIDENT TERMS YOUTH AS RAY OF HOPE
Published on: September 5th, 2019

Youth is a ray of hope, Muslim unity is a key to success Prof. Dr. Ahmed Yousif Al-Draiweesh, President International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI). He was addressing a two-day workshop of regional coordinators for the project: advancing inclusiveness among youth through training and education.

The program was organized by Islamic Research Institute (IRI) here at Allama Iqbal Auditorium of the University.

Prof. Dr. Ahmed Yousif Al-Draiweesh, President, IIUI was the Chief Guest on this occasion. Speaking on the occasion, President of the university said that Islamic University felt the need for unity in the current situation and launched the Paigham-e-Pakistan narrative. Dr. Draiweesh said that unity is a key to the success for the entire Muslim Ummah, whose practical form is the peaceful gathering of Muslims around the world on the occasion of Hajj, and that is the manifestation of this message.

Elaborating Pak-Arab relations he said that we are united at a single platform for peaceful co-existence while initiatives of Pakistani government are admirable. Dr. Draiweesh emphasized that youth is a ray of hope for achieving the milestones in this regard.

It was also addressed by Prof. Dr. Zia Ul Haq, Director General, Islamic Research Institute (IRI), who elaborated the goals and objectives of IRI and Paigham-e-Pakistan narrative of the seminar and urged the students to strive continuously in the pursuit of knowledge.

 

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