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Pak Parliament Blocks Christian MP's Bid to Pass Bill Allowing Non-Muslims to Become PM, President

File photo of the Pakistan Parliament.

File photo of the Pakistan Parliament.

Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Ali Muhammad opposed the proposed legislation saying Pakistan is an Islamic Republic where only a Muslim can become the President and Prime Minister.

Islamabad: 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.

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.

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.

The move was appreciated by rightwing Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) member Maulana Abdul Akbar Chitrali.

first published:October 04, 2019, 12:33 IST