PTI probing into amendment in clause invoking finality of Holy Prophet: Fawad Chaudhry
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Spokesperson Fawad Chaudhry on Tuesday said that the party was probing into the removal of a clause – from the controversial Elections Act 2017 – that invokes the finality of the Holy Prophet as the last messenger of God.
The finality of the Holy Prophet is a tenet of Islamic faith that is also enshrined in the Constitution of Pakistan.
Law and Justice Minister Zahid Hamid, however, in a press conference closely timed with Chaudhry’s media talk, clarified that the clause had not been removed.
“The amendment [in the constitution] has been approved to stop [Chief Minister of Punjab] Shehbaz Sharif,” Chaudhry alleged. “Everyone knows that Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N) has internal rifts.”
Slinging allegations at the PML-N, the PTI leader accused the party of laundering Rs300 billion. He termed the ruling party’s convention held earlier in the day as a ‘thieves’ convention’ arranged with ‘taxpayers money.’
“Tax-thieves have been made leaders,” Chaudhry said, pointing at Nawaz Sharif’s unopposed re-election as the PML-N’s chief after the Elections Bill 2017 (now Act) was ratified a day earlier by President Mamnoon Hussain. “[Finance Minister] Ishaq Dar is the biggest money launderer of the country.”
A controversial clause in the bill — which was heavily criticised by the opposition — allows politicians disqualified from holding public office to lead political parties.
Nawaz, in the July 26 ruling of the Supreme Court in the Panama Papers case, was disqualified from holding public office.
Discussing an amendment in the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) law, Chaudhry said that his party rejects the revision.
“The amendment has changed NAB’s structure to facilitate Nawaz in his cases,” the PTI spokesperson claimed.