Who doesn’t think that upcoming elections in Pakistan would be of any less importance than is speculated? The recent news related to the candidates of the election is entertaining yet questionable at the same time.
The entertaining part starts when contestants are questioned about their religious knowledge and practice by the returning officers of election Commission under Articles 62 and 63 of No.14 of 1985 of the Constitution of Pakistan. These articles explain the criterion of qualification or disqualification of the members of Parliament.
Few events shared on media and social media related to candidates were; Owais Tappi of PPP was questioned about the names and timings of the five prayers, Nabil Gabol of MQM tweeted that “Returning officer ka sawal k aap sadiq aur maeen hain? I am getting class for that am I sadiq and ameen according to Articles 62 and 63”. “Sadiq and Ameen””righteous and honest” were the titles given to Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) by the people of Mecca.
Articles 62 and 63 became the part of the Constitution of Pakistan on Presidential ordinance of No.14 1985 by Gen. Ziaul Haq. Some of the text of these articles are: 62(d) he is a good of character and is not commonly known as one who violates Islamic Injunctions; (e) he has adequate knowledge of Islamic teachings and practices obligatory duties prescribed by Islam as well as abstains from major sins: (f) he is sagacious, righteous and non-profligate, honest and amen, there being no declaration to the contrary by a court of law.
Former parliamentarian of PMLN Khurram Dastagir played his card by endorsing a tweet on social media which was pointing finger towards Imran Khan’s character. The tweet’s exact words were “How ECP would handle 62/63 while processing Imran Khan’s nomination? Can decision of LA Superior Court against IK be nullified?”. Many politicians have alleged Imran Khan for having illegitimate daughter from a lady who was living in Los Angeles, USA. Khan’s ex-wife has shared her moments with a girl whom she called her step daughter. But how would PMLN justify the character of Hamza Shahbaz’s nomination, who allegedly tortured his second wife Aysha Ahad with the help of Punjab Police? As we can see above Article 62(d) quoted clearly that a person should not have violated Islamic Injunctions. Does torturing wife with the help of strangers come in the Islam injunctions?
The Articles 62 and 63 if applied; particularly the part related to religion and beliefs; with honest intention will disqualify the whole country from participating in the elections. But what would be the definition of a good character under every school of thought present in Islam? Secondly, who will be the judge of qualifying or disqualifying the contestants from participating in the elections? Has he or she been the most righteous and honest person in his or her life whether personal or professional?
If we are in the process of making a Parliament of “Righteous and Honest people”, then will media be able to question them on any issue? The media which doesn’t follow any Islamic ethics in showing TV dramas, fashion Shows and morning shows will have no justification left to question these parliamentarians.
What kind of judges will we have in Supreme Court to question this Parliament of righteous? Will we have judges who don’t have dual nationality or they have never taken money against any case or have never taken oath under PCO? And what article will judge the corruption of our Armed Forces?
ECP has to understand that Islamic Injunctions should be practiced by not doing corruption and by serving people so the country can survive. In the end, once during the punishment of stoning Prophet Essa (PBUH) asked only those people to throw the stones on the woman; who was alleged with adultery; who have never committed any sin themselves. Not a single person dared to throw the stone at her.