Saturday, 24 September 2011

Separation of Religion and State ... Not In Pakistan!

Former Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Saeeduzzaman Siddiqui has said that religion and politics cannot be separated from each other and proposing a secular system in Pakistan would be in contravention to the Objectives Resolution that forms a substantive part of the Constitution.
“Pakistan is an ideological state and let it remain as an ideological state,” the former Chief Justice said while addressing a seminar on political reforms organised by an NGO, THINK, at a local hotel on Saturday.
Siddiqui said that Objectives Resolution was first adopted by the constituent assembly in March 1949 and after that it remained the basis of the 1973 Constitution and two previous constitutions adopted in the country since the founders of Pakistan were very well aware about the purpose of adopting the Objectives Resolution.
He said that Muslims of the subcontinent, including UP and Bengal, supported the two-nation theory that resulted in the creation of the country, adding that Article 2 of the Const itution clearly defines that Islam shall be the state religion of Pakistan.

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