On 2nd Oct 2017, the National Assembly of Pakistan approved the Election Bill 2017 with few amendments. The news goes viral on social media that members of National Assembly passed the Election Bill omitting the Khatam-e-Nabuwat clause. Especially the ARY news Channel gives special space to this breaking news during their bulletin. Sheikh Rasheed, the President of Awami Muslim League, also gives an emotional speech in National Assembly against this government action. Whereas, the Law Minister Zahid Hamid clarify the situation about omitting the Khatam-e-Nabuwat clause. According to him, they didn’t remove this clause from the oath of a politician before becoming NA member.
Facts About Khatam-e-Nabuwat Clause In Election Bill 2017
Zahid Hamid further stated that the Khatam-e-Nabuwat clause is still a part of the oath and no one will able to touch it. According to him the government and Pakistan Muslim League (N) not even think to remove this clause. He said that Khatam-e-Nabuwat is a part of their lives and religion, how can we able to remove it. On the other hand, he clarified that to make the politician’s oath-taking clause simpler, they removed this clause in the passed Bill. But they didn’t touch the section regarding the Holy Prophet (PBUH) finality.
Changing in the Election Bill 2017
The Law minister clarifies the changing in the election bill about Khatam-e-Nabuwat, but we are going to give brief details about the actual changing. It assured that the Government with the help of National Assembly made some changes in the oath clause. Following are the main changes in this passed bill.
- The position of The Khatam-e-Nabuwat clause changed from (i) to point (iii)
- They changed the words of the clause in the new Election Bill. In the actual clause in the form-A, it was stated that “I solemnly swear” Khatam-e-Nabuwat whereas now words changed to “I believe”. In simple words, we can say that it is a weak definition of Khatam-e-Nabuwat oath.
National Assembly Speaker Accepts Their Mistake
According to the speaker of National Assembly Ayaz Sadiq, the changing in the statement was a clerical mistake. He further stated that the wordings about the Finality of Hazrat Muhammad (S.A.W.W) will be reverse on Thursday.