ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal said on Friday that even thinking of amending the finality of Prophethood clause is a sin.
“Even thinking of amending this law is kufr,” said Iqbal while addressing a press conference.
“We are all Muslims. The finality of Prophethood is our part of our faith,” said the interior minister.
He also denied allegations that the clause was removed from the newly passed act.
However, some people are using this to sow seeds to hatred in the society, said Iqbal.
“Pakistan is a diverse country,” he said comparing the country to a bouquet of different flowers. “Our diversity makes us beautiful.”
The interior minister also stated that Jihad is the prerogative of the state and no one else.
“If we should engage in Jihad or not is the prerogative of the state,” he said while speaking at Press Information Department.
He also said: “who is Muslim and who is not a Muslim can’t be decided on social media, rather it is state’s prerogative.”
If decisions are made on the fatwas issued in streets then it would result in anarchy, he claimed.
Earlier in the day, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s Shah Mehmood Qureshi and Jamaat-e-Islami’s Siraj-ul-Haq flanked Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif’s statement over the clause on the finality of Prophethood in the elections act, saying whichever minister intended to make the amendment should be dismissed from the Cabinet.
On October 5, the National Assembly unanimously passed amendments to the Election Bill 2017, restoring 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.