No party can remove constitutional provision linked with Islam, SC told

Source: Dawn

ISLAMABAD: A senior counsel told the Supreme Court on Thursday that no political party was currently in a position to muster strength and remove any provision from the Constitution that had a slight link with Islamic injunctions.

“The situation in the country today is such that it is not easy to remove from the Constitution any clause driven from the Islamic concept because of religious extremism in our society,” argued Sardar Mohammad Aslam on behalf of Khan Mohammad Khan Jatoi who was also disqualified.

The counsel was arguing before a five-judge bench, headed by Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar, hearing a set of 17 appeals and review petitions to determine the length of the disqualification handed down under Article 62 (1)(f) of the Constitution.

But Justice Ijaz-ul-Ahsan, a member of the bench, reminded the counsel that a bipartisan committee of parliament had considered all provisions of the Constitution and decided to retain the conditions under Articles 62 and 63 while adopting the 18th Amendment.

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