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Khatm-e-Nabuwwat oath: govt ordered to publish Raja Zafarul Haq report

ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Wednesday directed the federal authorities to immediately make public a report of the committee formed to fix responsibility for introducing a controversial amendment in the Khatm-e-Nabuwwat oath for electoral candidates. Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui of the high court gave this direction in his detailed verdict in a case pertaining to the amendment in an oath avowing Khatm-e-Nabuwwat. The judgment ruled that the oath about religion should be made compulsory for issuance of…

Year 2017: Rise of a little known religious group that shocked Pakistan govt

Year 2017 was different for the country’s political climate which has previously been polarized between the civil and the military leaders. The year saw a surprise emergence of a religious political party, making inroads into the mainstream politics after Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) government gave in to its demands and sent its federal law minister packing. After Panama Papers case, the resurgence of politico-religious party belonging to Barelvi sect, Tehreek-e-Labbaik Ya Rasool Allah (TLYRA), gave the…

Security beefed up at Interior Minister’s residence amid Islamabad protests

NAROWAL: In an outlandish move, the security has been beefed up at Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal's residence in Narowal city amid ongoing sit-in in the federal capital, ARY News reported on Wednesday.  As many as 200 personnel of Punjab police have been deployed at Interior Minister's residence in Narowal city. According to police sources, these security measures were being taken in view of ongoing protests in Islamabad. A barbed wire fence has been placed around the residence of Iqbal, besides police checkpoints were…

Islamabad protest continues as govt fails to break stalemate

ISLAMABAD: The stalemate in the talks between the government and protesters continues as hundreds of activists and supporters of Tehreek Labaik Ya Rasool Allah remained camped out at the Faizabad Interchange for the 17th consecutive day. With the Islamabad High Court's deadline for evicting the protesters from the busy artery of the capital expiring tomorrow, the government faces an uphill task of finding a peaceful end to the sit-in. The protesters have blocked the Faizabad Interchange, which connects Rawalpindi and…

Supreme Court takes notice of Islamabad sit-in

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Tuesday took cognizance of a religious group’s sit-in at the Faizabad Interchange that has paralyzed life in the twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad for the last two weeks.  The top court has summoned a detailed report from the defence and interior secretaries on the matter. They have been asked to explain the steps being taken to ensure fundamental rights of citizens. It also issued notices to the Attorney General and the police chiefs of Islamabad and Punjab police to submit their…

IHC suspends amendments in Khatm-e-Nabuwwat clause of Election Act 2017

ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court on Tuesday suspended all amendments in sections of the Election Act 2017 pertaining to the Khatm-e-Nabuwwat oath till further orders. A single bench comprising Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui was hearing a petition challenging the controversial amendments in Khatm-e-Nabuwwat clause. Tehreek-i-Khatm-i-Nabuwwat supporter Allah Wasaya filed the petition against a controversial amendment to the Khatm-e-Nabuwwat oath in the law. The petitioner requested the court to order the restoration of…

NA passes bill restoring Khatm-e-Nabuwwat declaration to Election Act

ISLAMABAD: The National Assembly on Thursday unanimously passed the amendment with regard to Khatm-e-Nabuwwat (finality of prophet-hood) declaration to the Election Reforms Act 2017. The amended bill was moved by Law Minister Zahid Hamid. Speaking on the occasion, the Minister said the declaration contained in the nomination paper has been restored to its original form through amendment in the Act. On Wednesday, speaker National Assembly Ayaz Sadiq assured restoration of omitted provision from Election Reforms Act…

Govt to amend Election Bill Act 2017 to restore Khatm-e-Nabuwwat oath

ISLAMABAD: Speaker National Assembly Ayaz Sadiq on Wednesday assured restoration of omitted provision from Election Reforms Act 2017 regarding finality of the Prophet-hood (Khatm-e-Nabuwwat). Addressing a press conference here along with legislators from various political parties, the Speaker said that the omission of the oath provision from the nomination papers of the election commission was a ‘clerical mistake’. The issue emerged in the media reports after the opposition’s protest following the passage of Election…