Pakistan restores Khatm-i-Naboowat declaration for elected officials

Pakistan Forward

ISLAMABAD -- The National Assembly (NA) Thursday (October 5) unanimously passed amendments to the Election Bill 2017 and restored the original version of the the Khatm-i-Naboowat (finality of prophethood) declaration that elected officials and candidates are required to sign, reported Geo News.

The controversy began when ruling party Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) amended the election law earlier this week to enable Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, the ousted prime minister, to be re-elected as president of PML-N.

Opposition parties charged that the PML-N amendment also altered the Khatm-i-Naboowat form.

The NA approved the amendments Thursday after NA Speaker Ayaz Sadiq accepted the government's declaration that it had made a "clerical error".

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