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Senate Committee Opposes Bill Calling For Uniform Printing Of Holy Quran

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The Senate Standing Committee on Law and Justice on Thursday opposed a bill calling for a uniform and better quality of printing of the Holy Quran in the country.

The committee, however, decided to take samples on the grammage of paper in the next meeting before the mover shall withdraw the bill on condition of satisfaction.

The bill namely, The Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2018’ (fourth schedule), was moved by Senator Syed Sabir Shah regarding uniform printing of Holy Quran in the whole country.

He emphasised the need of using better quality paper in order to reduce the damage after long usage of the Holy Quran.

The members of the committee opposed the move and observed that printing has always been a subsidiary subject.

They added that taking the subject away from provinces and having a central authority responsible for printing might not be a good idea.

The committee also heard from the Council of Islamic Ideology chairman, Ministry of Religious Affairs and provincial Auqaf departments who informed the meeting that all provinces have passed their respective laws to ensure standard quality error free printing of the Holy Quran.

The meeting was held under the chairmanship of Senator Muhammad Javed Abbasi in Islamabad at the Parliament House on Thursday and was attended by Senators Farooq Hamid Naek, Dilawar Khan, Ayesha Raza Farooq, Musadik Malik, Sherry Rehman, Mian Raza Rabbani, Nuzhat Sadiq, Musahid Hussain, Dr Shehzad Wasim, Abdul Rehman Malik, Anwar ul Haq Kakar, Naseebullah Bazai, Ghous Bakhsh Niazi, Mushahidullah Khan, Mustafa Nawaz Khokhar, Syed Sabir Shah, Minister for Law and Justice Senator Farogh Naseem and officials from the ministry.

The committee also discussed ‘The Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2018’ (Amendment of Article 260) moved by Senator Naseebullah Bazai regarding removing the two-year ban of contesting elections on the president and governors. It decided to hear the provincial governments on the issue before taking any decision

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