Exposed: All You Need to Know About Khatam-e-Nabuwat Clause In Election Bill 2017

This week, as the Elections Bill 2017 was approved by the National Assembly, social media was rife with accusations that the government has done away with a constitutional provision that is included as part of the oath a politician has to take before getting registered as a public servant.

The law minister Zahid Hamid, reacting to reports about the Elections Bill omitting the Khatam-e-Nabuwat clause, has sought to clarify the matter once and for all.

The Law Minister states that this clause is still intact and has not been removed. He said that the government can’t even think about removing the clause.

However, he did say that the clause, which used to be part of a politician’s oath taking form, has been removed in order to make it ‘simpler’. He added that the provision itself regarding the finality of the Holy Prophet (PBUH) has not been changed.

Lets Take a Look at What Changed in the Elections Bill 2017

Given the law minister’s statements, a closer scrutiny of the amended Elections Bill and the Candidate Form is required.

The government made some changes to the both of them, which do merit a clarification and a more constructive debate.

Here are the things that were changed:

  • The Khatum-e-Nabuwat clause has been moved from point (i) to point (iii).
  • The wording for the clause has been changed in the Elections Bill 2017. In the new form-A, the words “I solemnly swear” have been replaced with “I believe”. In short, it’s a loose definition.

The old Candidate form

Speaker Accepts it was a Mistake

Following the negative reaction that the government and parliament has faced after the passage of this bill, Speaker of the National Assembly Ayaz Sadiq has stated that it was due to a ‘clerical error’ and that the wordings regarding the finality of the Holy Prophet (PBUH) will be reversed.

With Ayaz Saqid’s confirmation that there was indeed a mistake and that the government will now revert to the old form, Law Minister Zahid Hamid has been exposed trying to fool the media and the public.

What’s Expected to Happen

Speaker Ayaz Sadiq has confirmed that the original form of the affidavit will be kept intact and the assembly will make an amendment to this effect on Thursday.

Since this was no small matter, several political parties have taken the controversial bill to court.

Concluding Thoughts

In the unamended Elections Bill 2017, it is important to note that the language to declare the finality of the Holy Prophet (PBUH) was more forcefully articulated and left no room for ambiguity. In the amended version that was passed by all houses of the parliament, the wording of form-A, which is submitted at the time of the election by candidates, has been changed and made into a declaration form instead of an affidavit, where candidates were put under oath.

An affidavit and a declaration form have different legal implications and considering the importance of government service jobs and members of the houses, a declaration does not guarantee the same level authenticity that an affidavit under oath does.

When considering that the government is now calling it a clerical error after claiming that there had been no change only shows the lack of attention given to the bill. A better question is, if this was indeed a ‘clerical error’ that was responsible for the mishap, the public deserves to know what their elected representatives are really up to. After all, they passed a law without any rigorous scrutiny if Ayaz Sadiq’s words are to be taken at face value.

Let’s hope the matter gets resolved and the real agenda behind this ‘clerical error’ is discovered.


  • We Pakistanis are the biggest hypocrites on the planet. We will cry for equal rights in the West. But we will discriminate with minorities in Pakistan whenever possible. We hate Non Muslims and do not give any right to them to become Parliamentarians.
    The world is getting sick and tired of Pakistan as religious discrimination has no place in the future.

    • Non- muslims are not bound to take this oath. There is separate form for them. Do not get too touchy.

      • But still I want to add that I have travelled around the world and believe me Performance has nothing to do with the Faith. The state must not decide the religion of its employees.
        I will not care if a doctor or an Engineer is a good Muslim as long as he is doing his duty.
        In my view the selection of MNA, MPAs and Ministers should be done on Merit only. These jobs require a lot of hardwork and good merit.

        Only Performance and Merit based societies thrive in the modern world.

        • Can you speak against Holocaust in the Europe, America.
          No one is asking a Non-Muslim to sign a declaration like this. Just stopping them disguising like Muslims by saying their places of Worship as Mosques etc. Ahmedis’ should declare that they are not Muslim but Ahmedis’

          • Professional organizations will never ask for this. Grow up. Religious freedom dictates that the people have the right to declare their religion. Pakistanis or some intolerant countries cannot change that.

    • you are liar, we do not hate non-Muslims but we hate traitors and you are trying to make fool everyone by showing a wrong image of Us

    • World is sick and tried of Burma Muslims. Please leave and live in Burma as secular

    • Oh man, I dont know who you are but we muslims of Pakistan don’t want to be ruled by someone who would want to disallow us to build mosques, who would help preach non-islam religion in Pakistan in anyway, who would try to discontinue prayer break from Pakistan, who would try to amend the definitions of a Muslim and declare any Ahmadi a Muslim, who would try to damage Muslims in Pakistan just like they are doing in Burma or whatsoever (if you understand the concern and insecurities in long term). Why Americans don’t allow non-American to rule them? Are they not tired of their own law? Is it the world sick of Pakistan or is it you who is tired of Pakistan? If you are sick of us then go some where else and never come here again. We have get this state in the name of Laa ilaaha illAllahu Muhamad-ur-Rasoolullah, and this Muhammad-ur-Rasoollullah demands us that we shoud protect its cause and we will protect it till our death. So far equal rights are concerned, the rights are given to the non-muslims in Pakistan also. But we will not allow them to rule us (this has been since the Prophet peace be upon him life) as we do not declare ourselves as secular state, but a religious state, and West declares themselves as secular so they must fulfill what they say and we fulfill what we say.

    • This is not about minorities’ rights, this is about declaring someone Muslim or Non-Muslim. We should give equal rights to minorities but not call a Non-Muslim to be Muslim!

    • Banning Hijaab, Destroying Muslim countries, Spreading civil war, Promoting Daish ….. Yeh sab hum kerty hein na doost. Pakistani are not but you are the biggest hypo critic who still think that we don’t give rights to minorities. Just see in you neighbor Hindustan Mr Sami than you realize who are the hypocrites

      • and for your kind information, Ahmedi is not minorities. They are the biggest Fitnaah for ummat. and our first great caliphate Hazarat Abbu Bakr (RH) had done Jihad against them in order to save ummah from this fitnaah.

    • write ur correct name if it is kumar or ashok, if you are really Pakistani put off the spectacle of west which shows you what they want to…

  • Pretty effective diversion tactics. Nobody even bothered to take a second look at what else was passed in the bill.

  • If this was a clericial mistake, everyone involved in this mistake should be fired immediately

  • اسلام عليكم ورحمةاللّٰه وبركاته پاکستان ایک نظریاتی ملک ہے ایک نظریہ کے تحت وجود میں آیا یہی نظریہ اسلامی جمہوریہ پاکستان کی بنیاد اور اساس اگر اس بنیاد کو ختم کر دیا جائے تو پاکستان کا شیرازہ بکھر جائے گا خدا کے لیے ہر پارٹی سے بالاتر ہوکر ہمیں ایک پاکستانی کی حیسیت سے بلکہ اس سے بڑھ کر ایک مسلمان کی حیثیت سے سوچنا ہو گا کیونکہ اسلام نام مکمل تائید اور اطاعت کا نام ہے نہ کہ اپنی مرضی اختراح کا اللّٰه ﷻ اور رسول ﷺ کا وسطہ تمام پاکستانی بھائیوں سے کہ اس غور کریں اور اپنی اساس اور بنیاد کو مظبوط کریں
    دعوت فکر
    #ختم نبوت اور پاکستان کی نظریاتی اساس پر خوفناک حملہ#:#
    (چشم کشا حقائق اور اصل واردات سامنے آگئی)
    تحقیق و تحریر: تابش قیوم
    ختم نبوت کا معاملہ کوئی معمولی مسئلہ نہیں ہے جس سے صرف نظر کیا جاسکے۔ لا الہ الا اللہ محمد رسول اللہ کے نام پر بننے والے ملک میں اس قانون پر نقب لگایا جائے یہ کوئی اہل ایمان برداشت نہیں کرسکتا۔
    گزشتہ دنوں آئین میں ترمیم کر کے ایک نا اہل وزیر اعظم کو دوبارہ پارٹی صدر بنانے کے لئے جس طرح آئین کا استحصال کیا گیا وہ ایک طرف لیکن پاکستان کے نظریاتی تشخص پر حملہ آور ایک سیاسی جماعت جو کبھی اپنے آپ کو دائیں بازو کی نمائندہ کہتی تھی۔
    آج لبرل ازم اور سیکولرازم کے لئے وہ خدمات پیش کر رہی ہے کہ نبی اکرم صلی اللہ علیہ والہ وسلم کی ناموس اور حرمت کو بھی داؤ پر لگا دیاگیا ہے۔
    مسئلہ بہت نازک اور وار اتنی چالاکی سے کیا گیا ہے کہ بعض علماءکرام اور دیگر لوگ بھی منقسم ہیں کہ اصل میں ہوا کیا ہے اور یہ اچانک شور کیسا ہے؟۔
    یہ بات ذہن نشین ہونی چاہیے کہ قانونی دستاویزات میں ہر لفظ کے پیچھے ایک اہم پہلو ہوتا ہے ۔ محض تجزیاتی و جذباتی آراءقانون نہیں بنتیں بلکہ یہ دستاویزات عملی حیثیت میں قوموں کے مستقبل اور ان کی شناخت پر اثر انداز ہوتی ہیں۔
    میں کوشش کروں گا کہ آسان ترین انداز میں اس بحث کے کچھ ایسے پہلو سامنے رکھنے کی کوشش کروں جو کم از کم پہلے میری نظر سے نہیں گزرے اور میں نے ایک طویل تحقیق کے بعد کچھ چیزیں تلاش کی ہیں جو پیش خدمت ہیں۔
    جیسے ہی شیخ رشید صاحب نے اسمبلی میں جذباتی انداز سے یہ بات کہی کہ اراکین اسمبلی کے حلف نامہ میں سے ناموس رسالت کا قانون نکال دیا گیا ہے اور پھر کچھ نامور مذہبی شخصیات کو للکار کر کہا کہ وہ کہاں سوئے ہوئے ہیں تو پارلیمنٹ میں تو کسی نے توجہ نہیں دی لیکن سوشل میڈیا پر ایک بحث شروع ہوگئی اور شدید ردعمل سامنے آنے لگا۔
    عام طور پر سوشل میڈیا پر یہ مزاج ہے کہ جھوٹی اور سنسنی خیز خبریں بہت تیزی سے پھیلتی ہیں اور پھر ختم نبوت کے مسئلہ پر تو کام بہت جذباتی ہے اور یقیناً ہونا بھی چاہیے۔
    تحقیق کا حکم بھی قرآن مجید کا ہے، سمجھ دار لوگوں نے اس ترمیم شدہ بل کی دستاویز حاصل کرنے کی کوشش کی تو معلوم ہوا کہ ناموس رسالت کی شق تو موجود ہے تو پھر شور کیسا؟ جی ہاں اب یہاں سے اصل بحث کا آغاز ہوتا ہے۔
    شیخ رشید کے بیان کے بعد کچھ مذہبی جماعتوں نے فوری احتجاج کرتے ہوئے اس اقدام کی مذمت کی اورشدید غم و غصہ کا اظہار کیا جبکہ کچھ نے محتاط انداز میں تشویش ظاہر کی لیکن جوحکومت کی اتحادی مذہبی جماعتیں تھیں انہوں نے اسے پروپیگنڈا قرار دیا اور یہی شق پیش کر کے کہا کہ بتاو¿ کہاں تبدیلی ہے؟
    بعض نے مناظرے کا چیلنج دیا اور انگریزی سیکھنے کا مشورہ دیا ۔ اسی طرح یہ بھی کہاکہ Affirmation اور حلف ایک ہی چیز ہیں۔
    اس خوفناک ترجمے پر میں بعد میں آتا ہوں پہلے یہ بتاتا چلوں کہ فرق اس شق کے الفاظ میں نہیں تھا بلکہ اس سے پہلے لکھی ایک سطر میں تھا جو اس طرح سے ہے۔
    ترمیم سے پہلے امیدوار فارم پر ختم نبوت کا اقرار یہ کہہ کر کرتا تھا کہ
    “میں دیانت داری سے قسم کھاتا ہوں”
    جبکہ ترمیم کے بعداس کے الفاظ یہ ہو گئے ہیں کہ
    “میں دیانتداری سے اقرار کرتا ہوں”
    یعنی فرق “قسم” Oath اور “اقرار” Affirmation کا ہے۔ اگر یہ دونوں لفظ ہم معنی ہیں تو پھر تبدیلی کی ضرورت کیوں اور کس لئے پیش آئی؟
    فارم پر جہاں امیدوار دستخط کرتا ہے وہاں بھی اسی سے منسلک تبدیلی کر کے اب Statement of Oath کی جگہ Solemn Affirmation لکھ دیا گیا ہے۔
    آخر یہ Oath اور Affirmation کا معمہ ہے کیا؟
    آپ حیران ہونگے کہ جس مسئلہ کو ہمارے بعض علماءاور وزراءمعمولی سمجھ کر کہ رہے ہیں کہ یہ ایک ہی چیز ہے اس کی جڑیں 305 سال پرانی ہیں جب ایک Quakers نامی عیسائی فرقہ نے حلف لینے سے انکار کیا اور کہا کہ ہم صرف اقرار کریں گے کیونکہ کے ان کے نزدیک خدا ہر انسان میں ہے اور اسے علیحدہ سے قسم کھانے کی ضرورت نہیں اور اسی طرح کے دیگر عقائد کی بنیاد پر انہوں نے Oath کی بجائے Affirmation کا سہارا لیا اور 1695 میں Quakers act 1695 منظور کروایا۔
    اس قانون میں بھی وہی الفاظ درج ہیں جو موجودہ ترمیم میں شامل کئے گئے ہیں
    Quakers Act 1695 (An Act that the Solemne Affirmation & Declaration of the People called Quakers shall be accepted instead of an Oath in the usual Forme; 7 & 8 Will. 3 c. 34) was passed.
    بات صرف یہاں ختم نہیں ہوتی بلکہ 200 سال قبل اسکاٹ لینڈکے ملحدین نے بھی حلف کی مخالفت یہ کہتے ہوئے کردی کے ہم تو خدا کو مانتے ہی نہیں تو پھر قسم کیوں کھائیں اور اس طرح انہوں نے بھی قانون سازی کرواکے یہ شرط ختم کروادی۔

    • ap kon si Dates main Dal rahay ho in sab Cho**** ko sahi say Quran Parhna nahi ata ho ga Hopefuly Namaz k Mukrohat ka he ni pata ho ga aur Wazoo k Mukrohat

      inho neh kiya karna hai Pakistan ka Pakistan ko Awam neh b bacha k kiya karna hai hum sab Jail ki Selakhon k andar band hai Poray World main Pakistan ko sab say Gandi nazar say daikha ja raha hai aur Hum Awam b sahi Kami**** hain jo is jaison ko Vote day k sar per betha liti hai yahan nahi ana INQALAB as came in Egypt

      Rooz kitni awam marti hai aur yeh MC&BC kiya kar rahay hain Sirf ap Kursi
      aur abhi b aik yahi sawal kar raha hai MUJE KION NIKALA

    • until 2015 Nigeria was #1 most corrupt country in the world and Pakistan #2. Thanks to our leadership now Pakistan is the most corrupt country in the world and Nigeria is #2.

  • is there any relation between Nawaz Sharif bahaali and this bill?
    i mean loose definition for what reason?

  • Verasat main Mili hai NS Kingdom or Bhutto Kingdom Bas aur kisi ko b Politics nahi ati bus inhe ko pata hai on both Pakistani Borders aik Taraf say India sahi bana k B**** Mar raha hai aur Dosri Taraf say Afghanistan jihain Rakha howa tha aur nikalny per ab woh b G**** Mar raha hai

    to us he sab say Thank you NS and AZ(Mr. 10%) and all those who only Eat’s Sleep and Thuku Pakistani Awam ko and Again Repeat

  • Actually Pakistan was never made in the name of religion and if that was the case the religious parties should have supported the idea of Pakistan but instead they chose to support congress, this is folklore we and our elders were taught in school. And never ever Quaid e Azam said that non-muslim should not rule Pakistan. For information Jinnah never considered Ahmedis as non-muslims ( I AM SUNNI MUSLIM BEFORE ANYONE LABEL ME AHMEDI) even many tried to convince him and his response was In May 1944, during a press conference in Kashmir, Jinnah said to the gathered pressmen, “who am I to call a person non-Muslim who calls himself a Muslim …” Even many Ahmedis worked beside Jinnah in public office. That kind of country what Jinnah wanted where rulers are not selected on basis of religion or beliefs. THIS MULLAH mentality of ours has led Pakistan to such state where religious extremism is at its peak and unfortunately sunnis calling shia kaafir, shia calling sunnis, barelvi or wahaabi kaafir. Every one think that they are true muslims and else are non muslims.
    Quaid e Azam said:
    1) In any case Pakistan is not going to be a theocratic State to be ruled by priests with a divine mission. We have many non-Muslims — Hindus, Christians, and Parsis — but they are all Pakistanis. They will enjoy the same rights and privileges as any other citizens and will play their rightful part in the affairs of Pakistan.
    2) I am not fighting for Muslims, believe me, when I demand Pakistan.
    At a Press Conference, 14 November 1946
    3) Religion should not be allowed to come into Politics….Religion is merely a matter between man and God.
    Address to the Central Legislative Assembly, 7 February 1935

    • Oh Shut up. Pakistan WAS made for Islam and Muslims. and Our law is based on the Islamic Teachings of the Prophet which is enough for us to live a happy and peaceful life. Arabia and the world were peaceful until the west started bombing everyone.

      Pakistan is the only threat to the west since it has nuclear weapons. The Army is very powerful and therefore the west doesn’t want to start a war with them therefore it does whatever it wants to try and damage the name of Pakistan.

      Pakistan will stand in the name of Islam until the very end and this my friends is an example of that. Ameen.

      • Islam has given rights to non Muslims to live a happy life in a Muslim country. But a Muslim will only rule a Muslim country, not a non-Muslim and there is nothing wrong with that. Pakistan is an Islamic Republican and therefore only a Muslim will govern it.
        Quaid e Azam was a Muslim. Yes he has played a major role in the making of Pakistan but Its the Sharia that rules, Quaid e Azam was sure about that therefore didn’t need to ‘explain’ these points. AND there were never any Ahmadi’s working with Quaid e Azam as they were against the creation of Pakistan and resided in India until after partition. a Great example being Mirza Qaddiyanni.

        Stop spreading lies.

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