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Non-Muslims cannot become Prime Minister or President in Pakistan, Imran Khan govt rejects amendment to constitution

Opposing the amendment, Pakistan's Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Ali Muhammad Khan said that Pakistan is an Islamic Republic where only a Muslim can serve at the top.

According to the reports, the National Assembly of Pakistan on Tuesday rejected a bill which would have allowed a non-Muslim to become President or Prime Minister of the Islamic Republic.

The parody country Pakistan has yet again displayed its contempt towards the already persecuted religious minorities in the country after their parliament rejected a bill to allow the minorities to hold top posts of Prime Minister and President of the country.

Naveed Aamir Jeeva, a Christian lawmaker belonging to the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) had tabled the bill in the lower house of the Pakistan Parliament. The lawmaker wanted an amendment to Article 41 and Article 91 of the Constitution of Pakistan which would have allowed non-Muslims to become Prime Minister and President of Pakistan.

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However, the National Assembly rejected the bill with a majority.

Opposing the amendment, Pakistan’s Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Ali Muhammad Khan said that Pakistan is an Islamic Republic where only a Muslim can serve at the top. He said that the minorities in Pakistan are enjoying complete freedom, security and their rights are being protected.

Meanwhile, Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) member Maulana Abdul Akbar Chitrali thanked the minister and appreciated the stance taken by him. He added that no law against Islamic values and teachings can be passed, introduced or even debated in the parliament.

The decision to snatch away the rights of the minorities in Pakistan, who are already being persecuted comes months after Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan assumed office and had claimed that in his ‘Naya Pakistan’, minorities would be treated as equal.

“Naya Pakistan is Quaid’s Pakistan and will ensure that our minorities are treated as equal citizens, unlike what is happening in India,” Khan had said on birth anniversary of Pakistan’s founder Muhammad Ali Jinnah in December 2018.

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