ISLAMABAD – The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Friday announced its judgement in a case pertaining to the amendments made to the Khatm-e-Nabuwwat oath in the Elections Act 2017.
In its short verdict, the IHC judge Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui stated that the parliament should take concrete steps to ensure protection of Khatm-e-Nabuwwat faith.
Khatm-e-Nabuwwat is the base of our religion and it is the duty of every Muslim to protect this belief, the court added.
The court stated that an oath concerning the identity of Muslims and non-Muslims must be taken for the provision of national identity cards, birth certificates, electoral lists and passports.
The court also ordered all applicants for public offices declare their beliefs on oath to be eligible.
The numbers of people hiding their identity in census and NADRA documents was alarming.
The court ordered National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) to set a deadline by which citizens could ‘correct’ the religion specified on their documents.
The detailed verdict of the case will be released later.