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Senate Unanimously Passed Amended Election Bill 2017

Islamabad (October 10, 2017): The Senate on Tuesday unanimously passed “The Election (Amendment) Bill, 2017.”

The Bill, which was moved by Law Minister Zahid Hamid, is aimed at amending the Election Act, 2017 and restoring the previous clause of the previous law regarding the finality of the prophet hood.

The Bill has already been passed by the National Assembly.

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Addressing in to the session law minister Zahid Hamid said that the clause regarding the finality of the prophet hood has been restored in its original shape and no one can even thing to change it.

Sirajul Haq said JI supported the government’s amended bill after accepting mistake by the government, however investigation in the issue must be conducted.

PPP senator Aitzaz Ahsan said that a conspiracy being hatched against the opposition and for the purpose the president, generals and judges approached.

Federal minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafique said that PML-N was not against the institutions but confronting the characters who were involved in conspiracies.

Mushahidullah said the Panama leaks was the international conspiracy hatched with the help of agents in Pakistan. He asked where were the other 456 culprits of Panama leaks? He advised the parliamentarians to avoid becoming as agent of the other powers.On October 5, the National Assembly unanimously passed amendments to the Election Bill 2017, restoring a Khatm-i-Naboowat (finality of prophethood) declaration required to be signed by public office holders to its original form.

The controversy had arisen when the ruling party had passed amendments to the election law earlier this week, with opposition parties claiming the bill moved by the government had also changed the contents of a form regarding belief in Khatm-i-Naboowat (finality of Prophethood), which is required to be signed by public office holders and election candidates.

The amendments passed were agreed upon by members of parliamentary parties after NA Speaker Ayaz Sadiq had accepted the government had made a ‘clerical error’ and invited them to discuss the matter in his chambers.

During the meeting, the parliamentary leaders agreed to restore the declaration to the original form it was in before the National Assembly passed the Elections Bill 2017 on Tuesday.

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