ISLAMABAD: Former President Asif Ali Zardari has lauded Senator Hari Ram for protesting an amendment in “The Elections Bill-2017” in the Senate today that militated against Non-Muslims and persuade the House to reject the proposed amendment.
Senator Hafiz Hamdullah of JUI from Balochistan had moved an amendment to section 110 of the Bill seeking to make it obligatory upon every candidate in electoral contest to swear on oath a religious injunction regardless of his or her faith.
The amendment was not opposed by the Law Minister and Treasury benches paving the way for its adoption.
However, Senator Hari Ram of PPP protested against the amendment saying that it would force even the Non Muslims to solemnly swear the religious injunction that specifically applied to Muslim candidates and questioned the logic behind it.
After some discussion a majority of Senators agreed with Hari Ram and rejected the amendment when put to vote.
Lauding Senator Hari Ram for his clarity and courage the former President said “Hari Ram has upheld the Party principles with courage and conviction and deserves to be complimented”.
The PPP has always raised voice for protecting the rights of non Muslims and will continue to do so in the future as well, he said.