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09th Amendment Bill

The Constitution (Ninth Amendment) Bill

An Act further to amend the Constitution of the
Islamic Republic of Pakistan

Whereas it is expedient further to amend the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan for the purposes hereinafter appearing;It is hereby enacted as follows:—

1. Short title and commencement.—-(1) This Act may be called the Constitution (Ninth Amendment) Act, 1985.

(2) It shall come into force at once.

2. Amendment of Article 2 of the Constitution—In the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, hereinafter referred to as the Constitution, in Article 2, after the word “Pakistan”, at the end, the words “and the Injunctions of Islam as laid down in the Holy Qur’an and Sunnah shall be the supreme law and source of guidance for legislation to be administered through laws enacted by the Parliament and Provincial Assemblies, and for policy making by the Government” shall be added.

3. Amendment of Article 203B of the Constitution.—In the Constitution, in Article 203-B, in paragraph (c):—

(A) For the comma after the word “Constitution” a full-stop shall be substituted; and

(B) The words, commas and semi-colon “Muslim Personal Law, any law relating to the procedure of any Court or Tribunal or, until the expiration of ten years from the commencement of this chapter, any fiscal law or any law relating to the levy and collection of taxes and fees or banking or insurance practice and procedure; and” shall be omitted.

4. Amendment of Article 203D of the Constitution.—In the Constitution, in Article 203D, after clause (3) the following new clause shall be added namely:

(3A) Notwithstanding anything contained in this chapter, in respect of any fiscal law or any law relating to the levy and collection of taxes and fees or banking or insurance practice and procedure, the Court shall, in case of a law held by it to be repugnant to the Injunctions of Islam, in consultation with persons having special knowledge of the subject, recommend to the Government specific measures and a reasonable time within which to take adequate steps and amend such law so as to bring it in conformity with the Injunctions of Islam:

Provided that the decisions of the Court shall not have retrospective effect and no right or claim shall be based thereon accordingly directly or indirectly.

(3B) Notwithstanding any thing contained in the Constitution including this chapter or clause (3A) or anything done pursuant thereto, or any law or any judgment of any Court to the contrary, all existing laws relating to the levy and collection of taxes and fees or banking or insurance practice and procedure which are the subject-matter of decision of the Court referred to in clause (3A), shall continue to remain in force until such time as appropriate laws are enacted by the Legislature in substitution of such existing laws as a consequence of the final decision of the Court, as stated in clause (3A), and until the said laws have been enforced:

Provided that nothing contained in clauses (3A) and (3B) shall apply to assessments made, orders passed, proceedings pending and amounts payable or recovered before the enforcement of the laws enacted in pursuance of clause (3A).

Statement of objects and reasons.—In consonance with the provisions of Articles 2 and 227 of the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, which respectively provide that Islam shall be the State religion of Pakistan and that all laws shall be brought in conformity with the Injunctions of Islam, as also the Objectives Resolution, this Bill seeks to amend Articles 2, 203-B and 203-D of the Constitution so as to provide that the Injunctions of Islam shall be the supreme law and source of guidance for legislation and policy making and to empower the Federal Shariat Court to make recommendations for bringing the fiscal laws and laws relating to the levy and collection of taxes in conformity with the said Injunctions.

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