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Chairing the last session as the head of Council of Islamic Ideology (CII) on Thursday, Maulana Mohammad Khan Sherani decried the proposal to rename the Quaid-i-Azam University's (QAU) physics centre after Professor Abdus Salam.

The council discussed the proposal after Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif forwarded a summary to President Mamnoon Hussain of his approval to rename the National Centre for Physics at QAU the “Professor Abdus Salam Centre for Physics”.

Addressing a press conference after the council's meeting, the CII chairman said changing the department's name would not set the right precedent.

“We have concerns over the change of its [physics centre's] name as it was earlier named to honour Dr Riaz,” said Sherani, but declined to offer any reason for the opposition.

He was also asked if the CII had objections over renaming of other institutions or roads but Sherani declined to offer any comment over the subject.

Nuclear physicist and Pakistan’s first Nobel laureate Professor Abdus Salam hailed from the country’s Ahmedi community.

Pakistan declared Ahmedis non-Muslims in 1974. In 1984, they were banned from calling themselves Muslims. They are banned from preaching and even from travelling to Saudi Arabia for pilgrimage. Their publications are prohibited.

In May 2010, suicide bombers killed 80 people at two Ahmedi places of worship.

'Sindh bill against forced conversions un-Islamic'

The council also discussed the minorities bill recently passed in Sindh, which criminalises forced conversions and bars conversion of minors.

Sherani said the law is "illegal, unconstitutional and un-Islamic". The council further declared that the legislation was against basic human rights.

“The law was not correct and it was not fair either,” Sherani said. “If anyone is forced to convert from his or her religion, then that is unfair, even if the person who has converted is a hundred years old.”

He added that the country's constitution allowed every person to adopt Islam as per their own will.

“Anybody who is sane and has decision making power has to be allowed to adopt Islam, but limiting this choice to the minimum age of 18 years is not correct,” he added.

“This law is against the spirit of Islam too and we will write to all concerned including Governor Sindh against this law,” he said.

The meeting also opposed any proposed amendment in the blasphemy law.

Sherani said the Senate Standing Committee on Human Rights had called to discuss the blasphemy law but that "disturbing the existing laws" wouldn't be right.

“Parliamentarians should instead focus on making the remaining laws Sharia compliant,” he added.

Sherani, who is also an MNA from the Jamiat-i-Ulema-i-Islam Fazl (JUI-F), is set to retire from the chairmanship of the CII on December 16, 2016 after completing two terms of three years each.

Comments (178) Closed

kaleem Dec 10, 2016 11:08am

Well done Maulana Sheerani,you tried as much as possible

Sikandar Dec 10, 2016 11:08am

This CII doesn't give any verdict on Corruption, Poverty, Injustice, Lawlessness, Honor Killings, and the list goes on.

hnmirza Dec 10, 2016 11:10am

Becoming more and more irrelevant with these outbursts.

a Dec 10, 2016 11:11am

really? seriously now? people get rid of these bigots. and kudos to nawaz sharif for standing up to them!!

Usman Dec 10, 2016 11:16am

Every time they issue a statement they make a mockery if themselves and the nation

sr khan Dec 10, 2016 11:16am

If this is the business of the CII? This body never said a work against the crimes prevelent in this country.

Eye Dec 10, 2016 11:18am

God save Pakistan from such illiterate Maulan's.

AXH Dec 10, 2016 11:18am

Does CII even know what the first law of motion is?

citizen Dec 10, 2016 11:19am

please don't give them coverage...they always spread hatred

athar Dec 10, 2016 11:22am

It is a prevailing mindset among the bigots. If Pakistan belongs to particular sect of Islam then we have no right to decry discrimination against Muslims at USA and other countries.........

syed Dec 10, 2016 11:24am

I have no objection if a physics centre is named after an ahmedi. However if the centre was earlier named after another person, that name should be persisted. Just like the name of Ganga Ram hospital or King Edward Medical School should not be changed.

sArmad Dec 10, 2016 11:23am

looking forward to the time these absurds will be prohibited from issuing public statement.

MB Dec 10, 2016 11:25am

This Maulana should not be spokesman of any forum of the country.These kinds are the people ,we find isolated and rebuked at international forums.

AKKS Dec 10, 2016 11:30am

OMG, what an intolerance!

Pakistan Dec 10, 2016 11:31am

Any person making contributions in science and technology is praiseworthy and this praise is completely in line with Islamic teachings.

tomUHTO TAWMAYTO Dec 10, 2016 11:33am

Prof Hoodbhoy was right. These elements will always oppose science. Pity...

czar Dec 10, 2016 11:39am

CII should be banned. Unnecessary waste of taxpayer money. Sorry to say, they don't represent majority of Muslims in the country.

MA Dec 10, 2016 11:39am

Well done Mulana

CONCERNED Dec 10, 2016 11:40am

CII needs to be dissolved. This unconstitutional organization is hurting Pakistan.

Riaz M M Dec 10, 2016 11:41am

It is a real tragedy that these so called Ulema are ignorant of the true spirit of Islam and also they totally ignore the commandments of the Holy Prophet PBH regarding the non Muslims under a treaty or under protection as citizens of an Islamic state.

Babar Dec 10, 2016 11:42am

@Sikandar No,they just want endorse a marriage with a 9 year Old! Shameful people

NAEEM Dec 10, 2016 11:41am

A useless outburst. Why no verdict on corruption and other community vices

sami Dec 10, 2016 11:44am

Who cares for you maulana sahib. Nobel prize was won by Dr Abdussalam not by you.

AKKS Dec 10, 2016 11:45am

What an intolerance! Not even permitting pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia! Unbelievable ! Does Saudi ban them from performing pilgrimage there?

MA Dec 10, 2016 11:47am

Why it was not named after QK, being nuclear master of this country, India made their nuclear master president and what we made of our nuclear master ! Shame. Why do we have to make controversy of everthing ? NS just trying to escape panamagate and want to create new issue to divert attention, thats all. but he wont escape this

david Dec 10, 2016 11:50am

A well planned strategy to expose the true colors of these people.

Khaled Dec 10, 2016 11:57am

What about corrupt politicians, land mafia, land hoarders, tax evaders, honour killing, why doesn't the Maulana comment on such matters. Hope the next chairman is more enlightened.

Parvez Dec 10, 2016 12:02pm

....another good reason to shut down the CII

fahd Dec 10, 2016 12:14pm

Good one . CII. What's gone into PM's head all of a sudden?

Shaukat Ali Khan Dec 10, 2016 12:14pm

We don't need a biased CII.

Shaukat Ali Khan Dec 10, 2016 12:18pm

Dr, Abdus Salam was a national hero and deserved such recognition.

Bystander Dec 10, 2016 12:20pm

@AXH your comment is more conservative than what CII declared.

Aqdas Dec 10, 2016 12:23pm

Being a sunni muslim i have no objection naming the centre to a minority.Maulana please win a nobel prize and have the centre named to whomever you like.

Saboor Syed Dec 10, 2016 12:22pm

This unelected, unrepresentative, undemocratic institution is an abomination. This anachronistic body must be and immediately disbanded to the relic of time that it belongs.

Raja Dec 10, 2016 12:26pm

Looks like he needs a reason to stay in news and grab support from within the party. Politics.

BAXAR Dec 10, 2016 12:30pm

You can avoid such absurd objections. Just name something new on his name. A new university for example. Why rename? And why create such hype? I am not sure the whole episode of renaming started with good intentions.

Mohsin Raza Khan Dec 10, 2016 12:40pm

Are these guys crazy? No I guess not. We the people are, for tolerating such bigotry.

aalahazrat Dec 10, 2016 12:41pm

When any member of the CII does anything to move human progress forward they should be allowed to talk.

sajid Dec 10, 2016 12:41pm

These are the kind of people's that declare Dr A Salam...non-muslim...for God sake...focus on women rights...honour killings...child sex abuse and education....

FAK Dec 10, 2016 12:49pm

Why this mullah has problem with naming a center after country's only Noble prize holder ? we demand to dissolve this CII ASAP due to his biased stances and futile purposes.

Asif Dec 10, 2016 12:48pm

Haven't these guys enough already?

amd Dec 10, 2016 12:52pm

CII pray to you , please become a little broad minded

ATif khan Dec 10, 2016 01:01pm

Well, we will ask your openion when it comes to religious matters. This one is about Physics...

Sabeeh Ahmad Dec 10, 2016 01:03pm

Maulana Mohammad Khan Sherani " May i know , are you a physicist??? He is being honored for his command and nobel prize on Physics and not on religious teachings, Then why you are interfering...

Chodhary Dec 10, 2016 01:05pm

Let alone the general public, even Govt does not know exactly what's the role and the jurisdiction of this so-called CII, other than remaining in the lime light by creating controversies over various issues???

Rabia Ahmed Dec 10, 2016 01:08pm

I 'decry the existence of the CII'. Please. Scrap this so called 'council' before it can issue worse statements. Again. And again. And again.

yawar abdul rehman Dec 10, 2016 01:19pm

i suppose if one wants to preach the other, things that one considers true, then the preliminary requirement is to be friend with him, hug him, invite him to a coffee 3~4 times and then start the conversation in a mild manner ... the aim should be win the person and not the argument

abdullah affan Dec 10, 2016 01:28pm

we dont know who is this man and who given him this authority and what is this organisation and what is it for??

Sensible Pakistani Dec 10, 2016 02:02pm

Good Riddence, Maulana Sahab what about poverty, corruption, cleaning of cities, Rights of minors, Rights of not n Muslims, Respect for each other's honour, Providing support for the poor, providing support for orphans, raising voice against injustice, raising voice against honour killings . So many lost causes.

M. Asghar Dec 10, 2016 02:04pm

What a model of vested ignorance, this CII!

Blue Saffron Dec 10, 2016 02:12pm

Dr Salam deserves that the center be named after him. And more.

Ranjit Haripur Dec 10, 2016 02:51pm

Professor Salam is a Pakistani Nobel prize winner for physics and the center is for Physics. So the name of the center was very appropriate. Go figure.

akram Dec 10, 2016 02:53pm

Professor Abdus Salam a winner of the nobel prize for physics is a good person to name a physics department after,

akram Dec 10, 2016 02:56pm

@AXH do they even know what physics is!

Erdogan Dec 10, 2016 02:56pm

This is all they are good for, rulings on topics that does not concern matters of faith and correct practise of it.

akram Dec 10, 2016 03:00pm

in addition to naming the centre after Dr Abdus Salam, its time for Pakistan to remove these absurd restrictions on the Ahmediyah community. We need to learn to treat all Pakistanis equally, this is a trait of a mature developed country, it is also undoubtedly the ideal which Quaid-e-azam aspired.

Banday shah Dec 10, 2016 03:00pm

These Maulanas are good for nothing. They never produced scientist, engineer or any other professional that gave services to humanity.

M.Saeed Dec 10, 2016 03:04pm

Nonsensical utterances of such people should be banned from media.

Awan Dec 10, 2016 03:15pm

When the majority of some nation look at the religious credentials rather than Merit to promote someone then the society has no reason to talk about equality and corruption.

naseem Dec 10, 2016 03:28pm

@Awan Dissolve the CII and the spokespersons

Mehdi Dec 10, 2016 03:39pm

is he even relevant?

Shahid Dec 10, 2016 03:42pm

CII has not advanced any logical reason for their objection. If the Physics Dept of QAU was already named after someone, then it is is not proper to rename the same as it is being proposed now after AS. AS deserves better. Also it does not do justice to the first name. We have other examples. Renaming Lyllpur to Faisalabad was wrong, while reverting renamed Montgomery to its original Sahiwal was right. Unfortunately in this case someone is trying to win some cookie points. AS must be honored for his great contribution to Science in a way that does not make the process of honoring him controversial, as this case does by providing an excuse. It can be done by building a new science facility in his name.

Qamar Munir Dec 10, 2016 03:40pm

What else can you expect from such Mullahs? I wonder that he didn't say anything against the education in science. Just for your record, Dr. Riaz was a student of Prof. Abdus Salam. I am sure he would feel honoured if the centre is renamed to honour Prof. Salam.

TARIQ mAHMOOD Dec 10, 2016 03:49pm

People without sense and without true knowledge are open to express. What is that!!! OUT !!!!

Dr BN Anand Dec 10, 2016 03:50pm

Heartened by the response of Pakistan people to this statement of CII.

Shahid Dec 10, 2016 03:51pm

@Mehdi Who is your intended name by 'he'. Why not name the name instead of making it ambiguous.

citizen Dec 10, 2016 03:56pm

Thank God ! Normally CII is concerned only women related issues..Now they came out for some other cause...Times are changing !

Tariq, Lahore Dec 10, 2016 03:57pm

When will our nation leave the 'dark ages' and wake up to reality and show that there is 'humanity'!

TZaman Dec 10, 2016 03:59pm

When CII will be shut down. It is nothing but a waste.

zibbi Dec 10, 2016 04:01pm

Dear cleric physics has nothing to do with religion. pls focus on human rights, peace, extremism rather than petty issues. Dr salam is nobel laureate. Pakistan owes him more than it owes to you. What you have done for pakistan?

Muhammad Dec 10, 2016 04:03pm

@kaleem yes he tried as much as possible to make sure that country doesn't honour a person just because he belongs from Ahmadi community. Its an irony that we are the only country in this world who doesn't respect its own Nobel price winners. Its time we need to stop and introspect about ourselves as to where we are heading.

syed Daniyal Ahmed Dec 10, 2016 04:06pm

Mr Sherani should read UN's Universal declaration of Human rights or otherwise advise the Government to pull out of UN.

Adnan Dec 10, 2016 04:06pm

The ignorance, pettiness and irrelevance is breathtaking!

Aamir Khan Dec 10, 2016 04:09pm

This is what these people are good for. Making issues where there are none, but ignoring the real issues.

Princess_of_DHUMP Dec 10, 2016 04:18pm

The road on which CII office is located should also be renamed in the honor of Dr. Salam

Saqib ghumman Dec 10, 2016 04:22pm

Who asked his permission? Really funny. God Bless on these souls and on those people's who follow them!!

Khizer Dec 10, 2016 04:26pm

Is Sherani a man of science? Will he please articulate his concerns over the naming of QAU physics centre after Dr Abdus Salam? We can hardly wait for his step down from chairmanship of of the CII.

Mustafa Dec 10, 2016 04:28pm

Remind CII that this is 2016

Vaqas Dec 10, 2016 04:29pm

if the department was already named after someone then I don't think renaming it appropriate.

Brar Dec 10, 2016 04:36pm

Thanks dear Pakistanis i am elated to read the comments.

Safdar Dec 10, 2016 04:38pm

CII needs to be disbanded - it is a useless organization and a waste of taxpayers money

sachin kashyap Dec 10, 2016 04:40pm

At least respect Nobel literature

Faheem Dec 10, 2016 05:02pm

Naming a university department after Professor Abdus Salam is very little , he deserves much more than it. Let these mullahs make noises , atleast Nawaz Sharif has shown some courage and we all should support government on this matter

Kamal Pasha. Dec 10, 2016 05:06pm

Have the molanas of Pakistan ever agreed on anything with the government?

Ammar Basit Dec 10, 2016 05:15pm

Re-naming the centre is a step in the right direction. We need to embrace minorities and this is what our religion teaches as well as what Jinnah wanted. The ambition for the next few years should be to root out extremism from within the society.

Philip Dec 10, 2016 05:15pm

Well done Pakistan

Mo Ash Dec 10, 2016 05:19pm

If the CII wants to be taken seriously than it needs to comprised by intellectuals from various sections of the communities such as economist, teacher, unionist, lawyer, religious teacher, farmers, women etc etc. Regrettably it has be hijacked by narrow minded, self serving and Mullahs who have no vision. If we can't have intelligent and proportionate people in CII than perhaps it's time to disband it.

MOH Dec 10, 2016 05:22pm

So much for spreading fear, hate ,crime and control over masses.. Mr you are fighting a losting battle .. People are slowly starting to realise.. Stop giving your hard earned money to these, make them work and be like rest of us

drnr42 Dec 10, 2016 05:22pm

Why do we need CII, are they on government's payroll ?

imtiaz syed Dec 10, 2016 05:31pm

what is the problem with these people from Dr Abdussalam?

Muslim Medina Dec 10, 2016 05:31pm

Any statement from CII is not worth commenting.

hasrat Dec 10, 2016 05:33pm

By not giving the reason for objecting on the name change you implicitly expressed that it is your political opinion and not a religious opinion. I believe that the committee can be of parliamentarians but it should be headed by a religius, academic and apolitical personality.

Basit Ali Dec 10, 2016 05:45pm

There is huge amount of sane voice in the comment section, but the truth is that these kind of leaders have huge following as well, unfortunately.

Javed Arshad Dec 10, 2016 05:49pm

Useless bunch that only nuisance than any real value.

M. Siddique Dec 10, 2016 05:52pm

The CII is again at it. Dr. Salam has contributed tremendously to theoretical physics. This Council should be disbanded.

Shahid Dec 10, 2016 05:53pm

People like these are the sole reason why there is no peace in Pakistan. Promoters of hatred. What is this guy's contribution for the betterment of Pakistan?

Baluchistan Dec 10, 2016 05:57pm

Comments from Pakistani people have given tight slap to Anti science and Anti education people. I am happy for these forward thinking people.

Pak Lota Dec 10, 2016 06:05pm

CII is a body founded in 1962 under the government of Ayub Khan. It's supposed to advise governments at various levels. As usual it has been used by politicians for their own benefit.

Patriotic Dec 10, 2016 06:17pm

You are keeping us away from progress and try to keep us in the dark ages.

NowNow Dec 10, 2016 06:20pm

CII has become irrelevant. It does not appear to adding any value or making any positive or constructive contribution. It must be abandoned.

ahmedj Dec 10, 2016 06:22pm

Physics department should be renamed as "Maulana Mohammad Khan Sherani" for his valuable work in the field of Physics

Shdhsn Dec 10, 2016 06:25pm

This CII should be concentrating on condemning Corruption, Poverty, Honor Killings & minority killing.

tariq Dec 10, 2016 06:26pm

Better to make a Huge and new Physics center named on Dr .Abdus Salam, so to remove objection of renaming old setups. As far as CII is concerned they will always argue.

nooneabovethelaw Dec 10, 2016 06:46pm

What does the Centre for Physics have to do with somebody's religious belief's. Dr. Abdus Salam was a Pakistani citizen and a very distinguished one, and under the constitution of Pakistan that is all that matters. Majoritarianism is an unprincipled stand. No doubt Pakistan is a Muslim country but all citizens have equal rights and the right to believe whatever one wants is one of them.

Osman Dec 10, 2016 07:02pm

Nawaz Sharif did it to get donations from foreign governments and to prove his credentials perhaps.

Sajad Dec 10, 2016 07:02pm

Unless Pakistan takes a strict action against these people, it is destined to doom further. Abdus Salaam was a real hero of Pakistan. So was Faiz and Iqbal.

BNJ Dec 10, 2016 07:15pm

This is the best way to pay homage to its only Nobel laureate ! God bless Physics !

Usman ahmed Dec 10, 2016 07:18pm

Illiterate, narrow minded people. Government should dissolve CII.

SAM_USA Dec 10, 2016 07:17pm

Every single citizen leaving in this country peacefully with whatever believe, have full right of appreciation. His work should be appreciated regardless of his background. I think this center was named with some other person, therefore it is very inappropriate to remove someone’s name change with new one. Mr sharif, open another center and give name Dr. Salam center …

Amjad Khan Dec 10, 2016 07:18pm

When is the nation going to get rid of this outdated council

Hasan Dec 10, 2016 07:21pm


You make a very interesting point. Good post.


Imran Dec 10, 2016 07:29pm

@hnmirza Completely agree with you.

Ouzzy Dec 10, 2016 07:34pm

@Sikandar thats the governments job. You know the ones u voted in.

UMER Dec 10, 2016 07:46pm

It too late give such recognition Dr Salam our real hero in science.

syedghulamabbasshah Dec 10, 2016 07:48pm

The CII new building nearing completion what a waste of billion of rupees on useless structure close to parliamentary lodge s? ???isplaced priorities. ?

Ahsan Gul Dec 10, 2016 07:57pm

This CII is not a religious but a political council.

abadshahuk Dec 10, 2016 07:55pm

Dismantle CII, they are waste of money and effort.

Saqib Dec 10, 2016 07:57pm

A long waited step in the right direction, a block of university should be named after that unknown Christian worker who laid down his life to safe many while on duty at the university

Naeem Dec 10, 2016 08:00pm

Great. Maulana what is your contribution to humanity except bigotory and narrow mindedness. When you get the noble prize we will be happy to name any building you want.

Rashid Dec 10, 2016 08:11pm

@akram I agree with you 100%.

Ali Dec 10, 2016 08:12pm

The Council of Islamic Ideology should be abolished,

Shakir Ansari Dec 10, 2016 08:14pm

Naming after Salam, any place does not under purview of CII. Secondly, forced conversion is not allowed in Islam as well Pakistani constitution. So what the Moulana saying. This kind of elements have vanished State and Social fabric.

Eye Dec 10, 2016 08:20pm

@SAM_USA He has a point. There is no doubt that Mr. Salam deserve much more than what we as a nation has given to him. If this department is already been named to honor some individual then it will be appropriate to name some other structure that has not been named in such a way. I am not familiar with the individual for whom this department was named but honouring one doesn't mean to degrade someone else.

Bluemesa Dec 10, 2016 08:28pm

This is one of few times Pakistan's admired me for voicing against mullah' s and cherishing the achievement of a person regardless of their religious belief. Thank you!

Tariq Dec 10, 2016 08:34pm

Why not to pack them and send them home. They are nothing but just bunch of reactionaries. What good comes out of this council.

Azeem Dec 10, 2016 09:17pm

@akram How refreshing to read comments like yours.Yes,not only the Physics department be named after after the illustrious citizen of Pakistan- the late Professor Abdus Salam , but it is time to remove all restrictions on the Ahmadya community and allow them to practice their faith.There is no place for bigots in the country.

Sk Dec 10, 2016 09:15pm

These are the people who are talking Pakistan to Stone Age and these are your own creation

Dr. Rehan Jafri Dec 10, 2016 09:21pm

Please dismantle CII, all these so called politician ulemas doing nothing but dividing the nation and a dis service to Islam.

A Dec 10, 2016 09:23pm


My best wishes and prayers that every word said by you may come true ... !!

Umer Salahuddin Dec 10, 2016 10:02pm

Government should not come under pressure of these moulvis who tried their best to create hate among Pakistanis.

Jubeir Dec 10, 2016 10:24pm

A few black warrants against clerics will go a long way in transforming Pakistan . All this ignorance is tolerated because it was once important to have these brokers of power to get elected or seated in office . We need strong laws against subjective interpretation of sharia and stronger laws to punish bigots in the name of sharia . We should rename a dozen places after dr Salaam instead of just a university physics center.

Yaqoot Dec 10, 2016 11:02pm

What does CII have to do with renaming of the Center. They should stay out of it Dr Salaam is a Pakistani scientist QAU is right we should honour our own even when they are not Muslim

Ayub Dec 10, 2016 11:08pm

Religion is the personal affairs of the individual with his creator.Unfortunately, in Pakistan, the religion has been mixed with the affairs of the state. The country can not move forward unless the religion is separated from the affairs of the state.

Mujtaba Dec 10, 2016 11:33pm

It's astonishing that we still have this kind of people in such important roles. This guy never said anything about bribery, interest, honor killings but he is quick to negate any constructive development in my country. High time to get rid of such stupids...,

Something Fishy Dec 10, 2016 11:45pm

What did Dr. Riaz did wrong? why to remove Dr. Riaz's name? For How long will we continue changing names?

Why not build a new Physics center in some other city, like Dr. Salaam's home town, and name it after Dr. Salaam instead of renaming one?

A very bad precedence.

nasir siddique Dec 11, 2016 12:01am

His comments are not even worthy of making the news. These guys are completely irrelevant to the country. They are as useful to us as floppy disk drives.

Ekram Dec 11, 2016 12:01am

Those uneducated so-called religious scholars understand a fig about physics or anything of intellectual and practical consequence. Shame on them!


S A Ahmad Dec 11, 2016 12:05am

Why shirani is saying that changing the name of Physics department is not good precident he should inform the reason about his observation.What was discussed in the meeting.Nation is interested to know the detail.

H dave Dec 11, 2016 12:13am

Dr. Abdul Salam was great scientist, It is shameful that Pakistani ignore his contribution toward pakistan just because he was Ahamadi

Alba Dec 11, 2016 12:19am

@sr khan ..... It is a Busybody.

Alba Dec 11, 2016 12:19am

@sArmad .... They are legends in their own minds.

Momin Dec 11, 2016 12:20am

I nominate the Maulana for a Nobel Prize! No greater service to mankind than what CII has achieved.

S A Ahmad Dec 11, 2016 12:38am

@Aqdas Wonderful remark for Shirani.

Sunil Mehta Dec 11, 2016 12:37am

Leaving the argument of utility of Islamic Ideology Council aside, why would the head of Islamic Ideology Council have any say in physics?

Dr Abdus Salam, whatever his religion, was a scientist of international repute. He brought honour to Pakistan and every Pakistani, should be proud of him.

I respect him tremendously for his contribution to physics.

Acorn Guts Dec 11, 2016 12:56am

Irrelevant, noise machines. Move along, nothing to see here.

Mohammad Dec 11, 2016 01:07am

Can we disband this council and distribute the budget to minority and women welfare please.

Alba Dec 11, 2016 01:05am

----- " Western civilization has reached the summit of science and technology. It has achieved knowledge and skills and new discoveries as no previous civilization before it. The accomplishments of Western civilization cover all areas of life: methods of organization, politics, ethics, economics and human rights. It is our obligation to acknowledge it's amazing excellence." ----- " The horrible backwardness in which some nations live is the inevitable result of their refusal to accept this abundance of Western ideas and visions while taking refuge in denial and arrogance." ----- " The greatest accomplishment of Western civilization is the humanization of political authority."

AW Dec 11, 2016 01:19am

PM Nawaz took the right and bold step to correctly honor Dr. Mohammad Abdus Salam as a Pakistani hero which our nation should be very proud of. This step is defeat of religious bigotry, demonstrating that Pakistan is on the right path

Khan-haqiqi Dec 11, 2016 01:43am

Disband CII it's a waste of money

Muzaffar Ali Dec 11, 2016 02:07am

@Sikandar You wrote:

"This CII doesn't give any verdict on Corruption, Poverty, Injustice, Lawlessness, Honor Killings, and the list goes on."

Mr Sikander, I second you on this....and so do so many of our countrymen.....

Muzaffar Ali Dec 11, 2016 02:15am

Not again!

STARZAN Dec 11, 2016 02:28am

Blind leading the deaf.

Momo Dec 11, 2016 02:41am

Lets be a better human being instead of paying too much attention to religion

mumtaz shah Dec 11, 2016 03:44am

Pakistan should get rid off stupids ASAP, sooner the better

MMM Dec 11, 2016 04:08am

Physics department should be named after Maulanaa (Dr.) Sheerani. He has contributed so much to humanity and image of Pakistan in the World.

saeeds Dec 11, 2016 04:11am

Don't blame the messagener if you don't like message. Sherani is elected as he well educated in religious part . Change Pakistan to secular state first before getting upset on these people which are easy target than actual religion.

Ali Salman Dec 11, 2016 04:28am

Shirani is not concerned about human rights, education, corruption, lack of infrastructure, healthcare, poverty, no jobs and other important issues. Irrespective of religion Dr Abdus Salaam is very well respected internationally and we should be proud of him.

Rashid Dec 11, 2016 05:43am

I wonder if their is anything in Pakistan worth naming after CII. As a Muslim I am ashamed at their actions.

Fahim Dec 11, 2016 05:58am

Lets hope next time CII is headed by a Scholar of International repute!

riz1 Dec 11, 2016 06:09am

@syed "if the centre was earlier named after another person, that name should be persisted. Just like the name of Ganga Ram hospital or King Edward Medical School should not be changed" Why compare apples with onions? It should be just about honoring a noble prize winning Pakistani, the highest reward for scientific achievement and pride for a nation, period. If a Ganga Ram Hospital dean or a Edward Med school administrator gets a Nobel prize, we can all reconsider naming, there should be absolutely no sacred cows.

PR MAN Dec 11, 2016 06:15am

Please, do not make renaming of QAU Physics department a national issue. Indeed some may favor it and some may not approve it. That's fine. Having expressed your opinion on this matter is enough. I urge you all wise men/women and good people, please do not make it a prolong national discourse.

Rizwan Dec 11, 2016 06:20am

This is simply discrimination. Sheerani and his group of maulana should come up with some positive things which is beneficial for general public of Pakistan.

Siddiq Karim Dec 11, 2016 06:27am

Who elected these guys! These people are responsible for. Pakistans backwardness.

mirza baig Dec 11, 2016 08:10am

@AKKS No its not intolerance it illiteracy to the core.

sajed syed Dec 11, 2016 08:16am

@MA , lage rahe Maulan bhai. Kudos to you to accelerate reverse gear to take Pakistan to medieval times.

Intolerant and bitter and jealous of others.

Ahmed Dec 11, 2016 08:53am

Can the government abolish the CII. This is just unnecessary burden on national exchequre. CII has been creating more confusion and controversies rather than helping the system.

NAEEM Dec 11, 2016 09:28am

Archic thinking and bigoted reaction. This body should be abolished immediately

Beandoc Dec 11, 2016 09:31am

If anyone deserves a department or a university named after him or her, it's Dr. Abdus Salam. Bigotry and ignorance must be condemned in all its forms.

Mohammed Ali Rizvi Dec 11, 2016 10:25am

A country's Legislative body has no jurisdiction over an individual's faith on his relationship with God and cannot legislate on this subject. It was a misguided move on the part of Late Mr Bhutto to have the legislature declare Ahnadis as Non-Muslim,and it should be undone in the interest of Unity and integrity of Pakistan &all citizens should be treated as equals and with respect. Period.

Ahmed Dec 11, 2016 10:29am

Professor Abdus Salam is citizen of Pakistan and have full rights to be honored for achievements.

Peshawari Dec 11, 2016 10:41am

What a disaster this CII. And totally irrelevant for the country. We welcome the decision--long -overdue--to honoring the great Dr. Abdus Salam

NKAli Dec 11, 2016 11:00am

Please call it a day Mr. Sheerani and stop defiling the minds of the citizens. Salams

JS Dec 11, 2016 11:44am

Is not this bigotry in the name of Islam? What do these scholars know of Ilm?

Something Fishy Dec 11, 2016 11:49am

@Sikandar "This CII doesn't give any verdict on Corruption, Poverty, Injustice, Lawlessness, Honor Killings, and the list goes on."

Actually they did. Media and public do not fancy those!

Something Fishy Dec 11, 2016 11:56am

@Ahmed "Professor Abdus Salam is citizen of Pakistan and have full rights to be honored for achievements."

Brother did you read the article? do you mean Dr. Raiz is not citizen of Pakistan or now his achievements has become zero?

These people has money for commissions and metros and no money for A NEW PHYSICS CENTER in name of Dr. Salaam? It is not tribute to rename from Dr. Riaz to Dr. Salaam. I am sure had Dr. Salaam be alive he would have rejected it.

Shaikh Dec 11, 2016 12:06pm

As if we cares what he say...

Ouzzy Dec 11, 2016 06:46pm

@NAEEM what archiac and what not. And who decide whats

IQBal kakar Dec 12, 2016 02:07pm

I dont think so that this type of change can bring advancement and can not make the setup more efficient and effective they have to work on other side of department to indicate the success and positive change like giving scholarships to the faculty members for Phds and students etc