NA likely to restore Khatm-e-Nabuwwat clause in Elections Act 2017

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ISLAMABAD: The National Assembly (NA) is likely to restore the Khatm-e-Nabuwwat clause in Elections Act 2017 in its original form today as Speaker NA Ayaz Sadiq on Wednesday urged parliamentarians to vote for the restoration of the clause on Thursday.
All the parties have unanimously welcomed government’s step to restore the clause as they have decided to bring constitutional amendment in today’s session.
Let it be known that in the new form-A, the words “I solemnly swear” have been replaced with “I believe” and the clause relating to Khatm-e-Nabuwwat has not been made applicable to non-Muslim candidates.
Speaking to media on Wednesday, NA Speaker Ayaz Sadiq had accepted that a ‘clerical or technical mistake’ was made in Khatm-e-Nabuwwat clause which would be restored in its original form.
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Shah Mahmood Qureshi had also demanded to bring clause 203 in its original form.
Meanwhile, Chief of Awami Muslim League (AML) Sheikh Rashid had also challenged Elections Act 2017 in Supreme Court (SC), stating that the Constitution has been distorted to safe one person.
The omission of the said clause from the Elections Act 2017 had sparked countrywide criticism on the government especially on social media.

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