Lawyers observe strike against Election Reforms

Multan: The Lawyers of Multan and South Punjab Observed full day strike and did not appear in  courts  to show their resentment on the call of Punjab Bar Council as Punjab Bar Council showed its concern over the controversial election reform bill passed by the government which allows a person to become parliamentarian without having belief that being a Muslim he believes in the (finality of prophet hood)”Khatam e Nabuwat”, The lawyers strongly condemn  the  bill and  demanded  to rectify this error at the earliest.

This should be rectified whether it was a clerical mistake or an intentional change, lawyers told BN.”Talking with B.N a senior advocate Malik Mohammad Yousaf asked govt to restore clause in its original form and said  the bill refers to the part of the oath that public representatives (such as the Prime Minister) are supposed to take that invoke the finality of the Holy Prophet as the last Messenger of Allah.

It is a tenet of Islamic faith that is also enshrined in the Constitution of Pakistan. Until now that is reportedly, the recent Elections Bill 2017 was formulated by the ruling party PML-N in order to give ex-PM Nawaz Sharif a chance to be re-elected as the party’s Chairman again, after his disqualification a few months back by the Supreme Court over corruption charges.

He said after the passage of the Bill in parliament and Senate, the way has been cleared for ex-PM Nawaz to once again call the shots as party Chairman. And now after the full text of the Election Bill 2017 has become publicly available, many Pakistanis over social media are infuriated and angered over the exclusion of the Khatam-e-Nabuwat.

Another lawyer Raja Ejaj said, how illicit Point of being anxious is the presence of several Islamic scholars in the NA while the amendment was being done. That’s against the shariah definition of Muslim,1973 Constitution & of course against our sentiments. Quaid made this country on basis of Islam and they are changing it for their own will. Advocate Syed Shahbaz Shah said, Amendment regarding Khatam-E-Nabuwat would not be easy to digest for politicians. It would remain chip of their shoulder.

He said that in ‘declarations by the candidate’, the candidate had earlier to pronounce that he/she must declare ‘on oath’ that he/she believes in Khatm-e-Nabuwwat. However, the word ‘on oath’ had now been omitted from the new text. On the other side senior poltician  Tariq  Rasheed Sheikh said .“The government cannot even think of deleting this provision.

He said the section regarding avowal of Khatm-e-Nabuwwat – the finality of the prophethood of Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH) – has not been changed in the oath-taking form under the newly adopted Election Bill 2017. The oath taking form for the candidate has been made simple but the provision regarding Khatm-e-Nabuwat has not been changed at all,”. He also rejected the impression that the bill had been passed to benefit a specific person.

.The Tehrik-e-Khatme Nabuwwat or Tehrik-e-Tahafuz-e-Khatm-e-Nabuwat (Movement for the Finality of Prophethood) is an Islamic religious movement in Pakistan aiming to protect the belief in the finality of prophethood of Muhammad (peace be upon him) based on the universally accepted Islamic concept of Khataman Nabiyyin.Mohammad Rizwan Awan