ISLAMABAD, Nov 16 (SABAH): The National Assembly passed “The Elections (Amendment) Bill, 2017” on Thursday. The Bill was presented by Law Minister Zahid Hamid.
The Bill seeks to incorporate and reaffirm the provisions of Articles 7-B and 7-C of the Conduced of General Elections Order, 2002 through addition of a new section 48-A in the Election Act, 2017.
Speaking on the occasion, Zahid Hamid said that the status of Qadiyani or Lahori group will continue as non-Muslims.
He said if a person gets himself or herself enrolled as Muslim in the voters’ list, any other person can challenge this before the revising authority, then he or she is required to sign the declaration of finality of the Prophethood.
The Minister for Law said if the person refuses to sign that declaration then he shall be deemed as non-Muslim and his vote will be expunged from the list for Muslim voters and be included in the non-Muslim list.
Speaking on the floor of the House, Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal said that the government is trying best to convince the protestors, sitting in Islamabad, to open the roads to facilitate commuters.
He said that the government has been negotiating protesting leaders for the last six days on administrative and political levels so that the issue should be resolved amicably.
The Interior Minister said some elements wants violence whereas the government wishes to resolve the matter peacefully. He urged the religious parties to play their role in convincing the protestors to end their sit in.
He made it clear that no Muslim can even think of compromising finality of the Prophethood.