Pakistan's President, General Zia ul-Haq, has advocated setting up a standing law commission to co-ordinate the application of Shariah, or traditional Islamic values, around the world.
GV EXTERIOR: National Assembly Hall in Islamabad with seminar banner outside and signpost (3 shots)
GV AND SV: Delegates sitting, waiting for start of seminar
MV: President Zia ul-Haq arrives
GV: Delegates seated
CU: Conference Secretary Zefarul Islam addressing seminar as Zairean delegates listen. (3 shots)
CU: General Zia addressing delegates (3 shots)
MV: General Zia leaves platform
CU EXTERIOR: General Zia shakes hands with delegates, gets into car and leaves.
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Background: Pakistan's President, General Zia ul-Haq, has advocated setting up a standing law commission to co-ordinate the application of Shariah, or traditional Islamic values, around the world. The President was officially opening a three-day international seminar on Tuesday (9 October) in Islamabad.
SYNOPSIS: The World Islamic Conference organised the conference, held in the city's National Assembly Hall. Prominent Jurists and religious leaders from many Islamic countries took part.
Delegates were told of the growing renaissance of Islam in many parts of the world, evident from the advent of the Ayatollah Khomeini to power in Iran, President Zia's policies in Pakistan, and burgeoning influence of the Arab oil states. He maintains no future government could undo Pakistan's new Islamic order.
The conference secretary, Mr Zafarul Islam, read a message from its secretary general, Dr. Ahmadou Karim Gaye. The message described Islamic Shariah as the true and clear path which all Moslems must follow to approach the Creator.
General Zia said the proposed standing law commission should be directed by the Islamic conference, the sole forum of the World Moslem community. He felt the application of Shariah would be moulded efficiently with the law commission integrating its activities. Its framework, based on the fundamental principles of Islam, would be available to every Moslem country, shaping both a common mode of life and attitudes worldwide.
General Zia had stressed that applying strict Moslem principles would not work well for the peoples unless their leaders ensured their economic needs were met. Leaders could not emphasise only Islam's punitive aspects.