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Pakistan parliament blocks bill allowing non-Muslims to become country's PM, President

By PTI
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Islamabad, Oct 4: Pakistan's parliament has blocked a bill seeking an amendment in the Constitution to allow non-Muslims to become Prime Minister and President of the country.

File photo of Pakistan Parliament

Dr Naveed Aamir Jeeva, a Christian lawmaker from the Pakistan Peoples Party, wanted to move a bill on Wednesday to amend article 41 and 91 of the Constitution to allow non-Muslims to become Prime Minister and President of Pakistan.

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However, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Ali Muhammad opposed the proposed legislation. The minister said that Pakistan is an Islamic Republic where only a Muslim can become the President and Prime Minister.

Rightwing Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) member Maulana Abdul Akbar Chitrali appreciated the move by the minister.

PTI

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