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No to Debate on Ideology
13 September, 2006, 10:58 am
Filed under: Pakistan, Politics

A bill calling for a debate on the ideology of Pakistan was unanimously scuffed by the parliament [any surprises?]:

Both the opposition and treasury rejected a bill seeking debate on the ideology of Pakistan in the National Assembly on Tuesday.

MP Bhindara, a minority MNA from the Pakistan Muslim League, moved the private bill, which sought deletion of portions of Article 62 (h), which says a candidate for parliament “must not have opposed the ideology of Pakistan”, and Article 63 (g), which disqualifies a member of parliament if “he is propagating any opinion, or acting in any manner prejudicial to the ideology of Pakistan”, of the Constitution.

Bhindara said that the ideology of Pakistan had not been defined, so these articles should be deleted until a definition is specified.

Opposition members Liaqat Baloch and Hafiz Hussain Ahmed of the Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal, and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Sher Afgan Niazi rejected his plea, saying the ideology of Pakistan was based on its Islamic nature. Only Riaz Hussain Pirzada of the PML endorsed the mover’s plea for a debate on the subject.

Pirzada said a debate was needed to educate the new generation. He urged MNAs not to be “narrow minded” and “drag religion into every minor issue”, which was damaging the country. He observed that before the creation of Pakistan, Muslims and Hindus lived peacefully under laws made and implemented by the British.

Another one bites the dust. I have already looked at the impact of our xenophobic national ideology here.

[Story here]

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Great blog! Most impressed to see a young person so concerned about the issues around her and expressing them in such articulate fashion.

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