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Opp takes govt to task over change in oath in election nomination forms

ISLAMABAD: The opposition, during Monday’s National Assembly session, also raised another very important issue about the omission of some specific clauses from the oath in the nomination forms for the elections of the candidates.

Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) had raised the matter alleging that the federal government had omitted an oath from the Election Reforms Bill 2017 about the belief of the candidate that Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) is the last prophet of Allah.

However, the amendment was defeated as Law Minister Zahid Hamid argued that this nomination form would not be applicable to non-Muslims. Later, Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed of the Awami Muslim League also criticised the government for omitting these clauses, alleging that the ruling party was following a ‘Western’ agenda.

PML-Q President Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain also raised the matter, stating that his party would never allow this breach. “The change in the oath reflects that the ruling family is working on some specific agenda. Khatam-e-Nabuwwat (PBUH) is a very sensitive issue for every Muslim and the nation has offered immense sacrifices over this issue in the past too. All faithful are one over this issue and we would evolve a joint strategy over the matter soon,” the PML-Q leader said.

Mian Abrar

The writer heads Pakistan Today's Islamabad Bureau. He has a special focus on counter-terrorism and inter-state relations in Asia, Asia Pacific and South East Asia regions. He can be reached at [email protected]

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