Failed to recite Surah: Eligibility of Rehman Malik challenged

ISLAMABAD: The eligibility of interior minister Rehman Malik has been challenged in Supreme Court (SC).

Petition challenging the eligibility of A Rehman Malik has been filed by Tariq Asad advocate under article 184 (3) of the constitution. Federal government, chief election commissioner, chairman senate, prime minister and Rehman Malik have been made respondents in the petition.

The petitioner has taken the plea that Pakistan has come into being in the name of Islam. It is obligatory for a Muslim to be fully versed with the basic tenets of Islam.

He pleaded that A Rehman Malik was holding a key office. By reciting Surah Ikhlas wrongly interior minister proved that he was absolutely ignorant of Islamic teachings particularly recitation of the Holy Quran. Retaining the office of interior minister by such a person was sheer injustice with Pakistan and violation of Islamic tenets and constitution of Pakistan, he submitted.

Under article 62 and 63 of the constitution, interior minister does not meet the stipulated educational standard. He prayed the court to declare interior minister disqualified.

Talking to media men Friday later, Tariq Asad advocate said Surah Ikhlas is such a verse of the Holy Quran which is read in almost every prayer. Even not a single Muslim child is there who has not learnt this surah by heart, he contended. His being a Muslim is also now suspicious as probability is there A Rehman Malik does not know even Kalma Tayyaba and Kalma Shahadat.

Religion is a personal matter of every one but it is imperative for a person who holds such a high position that he upholds and fully lives up to article 62 of the constitution. The situation in Rehman Malik case is otherwise.

He requested the court to direct chairman senate to get cancel membership of A Rehman Malik from election commission and interior minister be declared ineligible for any public office.

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