ISLAMABAD - Ruling PML-N was quite disturbed over the strong reaction to the Women Protection Act recently adopted in Punjab Assembly, mainly from religious parties, and it was decided at a top-level consultation in the party to not only allay the concerns of these parties but also come up with counter narrative to the criticism on the bill in media.

Last week Punjab Assembly had passed Punjab Protection of Women Against Violence Bill 2015, granting sweeping powers to women particularly in their marital life which invited strong criticism from religious circles who termed some of the clauses of this new law repugnant to the basic canons of Islam.

Sources in the government said that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has talked to his younger brother Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif and some of his close political and legal minds to review the situation.

It was decided in the meeting to contact the leading religious scholars in the country to come up with positive reflection on this newly adopted law and its positive impact on the lives of the women folk in the country, particularly its efficacy in containing domestic violence and harassment of women at work place.

It was further decided in the meeting that to approach the religious parties leaders who are opposing this new piece of legislation by Punjab govt to allay their concerns and reservations over it and if need be some amendments in it(new law) would be introduced to make it acceptable to all.

Chief of Jamiat-i-Ahle Hadis Senator Allama Sajid Mir, an ally of the PML-N government, came up with scathing criticism on the new law and termed it in complete contradiction with Islamic injunctions.

He feared that this law would ruin the family unit and an attempt of equating women with men in divorce and other family matters are completely against Islam and negated the Constitution of Pakistan as well, according to which no piece of legislation repugnant to Islam could be done by the Federal and provincial legislatures.

Jamiat-i-Ulema-i-Islam (Fazl) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman also came up with strong-worded criticism on this new law and demanded of the Punjab Government to revoke it because it is in conflict with Islam and would destroy the very fabric of Islamic society.

He also said that in case someone would move the apex court for its striking down JUI-F would fully support it.

Sources in the ruling PML-N said that some senior party leaders would soon be meeting with the heads of both JUI-F and Jamiat-i-Ahle Hadis to convince them not to oppose the new law.

These sources further said that to come up with counter narrative of those opposing the law ruling PML-N has also decided to project the supportive comments of some religious scholars for the law to neutralise the negative comments and opposition to it from certain very strong and influential religious quarters.

Sources in the party further said that civil society activists, who are overwhelming welcoming the new law, would also be activated to project the positive impact of the new law for the better and secure future of the women folk in the society.