Election Bill 2017: Senate unanimously passes, PPP challenges in Supreme Court

  • PT will also challenge the controversial bill in Supreme Court

ISLAMABAD – The Senate on Tuesday unanimously passed “The Election (Amendment) Bill, 2017.” The Bill, which was moved by Law Minister Zahid Hamid, is aimed at amending the Election Act, 2017 and restoring the previous clause of the previous law regarding the finality of the prophet hood.

The Bill has already been passed by the National Assembly.

Meanwhile, the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) has challenged the Election Bill 2017 in the Supreme Court (SC) on Tuesday.

The party has made the Federation, Nawaz Sharif, secretaries of the Senate and the National Assembly (NA) and others respondents in the petition. It has been contended that the amendment made to the Article 203 is in violation of the basic foundation of the constitution.

The petition also demanded that the prime minister and the cabinet should be stopped from taking direction from Nawaz Sharif.

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Babar Awan said on that his party will also challenge the controversial bill in the Supreme Court.

Speaking to media outside the apex court, he said that a disqualified person cannot participate in the electoral process, nor can he hold a political party’s office. The election bill, a clause of which allows a person ineligible to be a member of the parliament to head a political party, was an attack on the Articles 62 and 63 of the Constitution.

Slamming the role of the government in the face of external threats, the PTI leader said it appeared that there is no government in the country. The country is being given threats on which the government is silent, he added.