‘Zahid Hamid made 7B, 7C permanent part of Constitution’
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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N) leader and Railways Minister Khawaja Saad Rafique yesterday said Law and Justice Minister Zahid Hamid’s efforts made it possible to make Sections 7B and 7C a part of the Constitution. Section 7B pertains to the status of Ahmedis remains as stated in the Constitution of Pakistan, while section 7C states that if an enrolled voter’s belief in the finality of Prophet Muhammad’s Prophethood differs, they shall have to sign a declaration stating so, failing which their “name shall be deleted from the joint electoral rolls and added to a supplementary list of voters in the same electoral area as non-Muslim.” Speaking to the media after meeting a committee representing the protesters, who are staging a sit-in at the Faizabad interchange for over a week in protest against the government’s change and then reversal of the finality of Prophethood oath for lawmakers, Rafique said that Sections 7B and 7C were ‘dead laws’ before they became a permanent part of the Constitution due to the law minister’s efforts. “We have responded to all of their [protesters’] reservations with logical arguments,” he said, adding that the government is ‘not in the least bit’ inclined to use ‘power.’ “We don’t want to use power to disperse the protest but this shouldn’t mean that the protesters continue to paralyze the federal capital and deprive hundreds of thousands of citizens of their basic rights,” he stressed. The minister further said that the government is bound to act upon the IHC decision to end the sit-in.