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Election Reforms Bill 2017 partly suspended over Khatam-e-Nabuwwat issue

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ISLAMABAD: (Christian Times) – Islamabad High Court’s (IHC) single-member bench headed by Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui on Wednesday heard the case regarding Khatam-e-Nabuwwat section in the Election Reforms Bill 2017. The case had been filed by Maulana Allah Wasaya against the section regarding Khatam-e-Nabuwwat in Election Reforms Bill. The petition demanded the sections to be restored to their old situation.

The sections cancelled in the bill included Electoral Rules Act 1974, Delimitation Act 1974, Senate Election Act 1975, Public Representation Act 1976, Election Commission Order 2002, Political Parties Order 2002, Conduct of General Election Order 2002 and allocation of election symbol order 2002.

The court ordered suspending the article 241 of the Election Reforms Bill 2017 after listening to both the sides. Earlier, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan and Awami Muslim League (AML) chief Sheikh Rasheed had also challenged Election Reforms Act 2017.

It is pertinent to mention here that National Assembly had passed the election reforms bill 2017 on October 2. The bill included over 40 amendments proposed by the government as well as the opposition. The bill had been passed with majority vote.

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