LAHORE: Punjab Assembly has unanimously passed a resolution to make the finality of the Prophethood of Holy Prophet (PBUH) a part of the school curriculum.
The resolution, presented by Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N)’s Member Provincial Assembly (MPA) Waheed Gul, states that believing in the finality of prophethood will be mandatory for every Muslim student and called on the provincial and federal government to immediately implement the resolution.
On the assembly floor, Gul said that defending Khatm-e-Nabuwwat was part of the Muslim faith. He added that this right was completely protected by the Constitution of Pakistan.
In a rare display of unity, the treasury and opposition benches in Punjab Assembly also condemned the use of name “Black Friday” and some legislators even urged the government to arrest the outlets who were displaying the banners and hoardings of Black Friday.
Soon after the question hour was over, Opposition leader Mian Mehmood ur Rasheed stood on a point of order and delivered a fiery speech to condemn the Black Friday and termed it a conspiracy of the Jewish lobby that was initiated to ruin the youth of our country.
He urged the government to immediately take stern action against those who were celebrating Black Friday and asked the government to arrest all of them as they were also planning to celebrate the same next Friday which was also the occasion of Eid Miladun Nabi.
The stance of the opposition leader was supported by some lawmakers hailing from the treasury benches as PML-N’s Malik Umar Farooq from district Rawalpindi and Waheed Gull from Lahore also spoke to condemn the Black Friday and Gull even went on to say that the government must ‘blacklist’ all those celebrating the Black Friday.
Responding to the opposition leader, Minister for Excise and Taxation Mian Mujtaba Shuja ur Rehman who also holds the portfolio of Information and Culture said that the government also condemns using the word of Black Friday.
He suggested replacing the word ‘black’ with golden or green and stated that as soon as the law minister was present in the house, the government was ready to bring a joint resolution to condemn the Black Friday.
Rejecting the proposal of Mujtaba Shuja ur Rehman, the opposition leader alongside members hailing from opposition benches staged a walkout and the session was adjourned for Monday due to the collapse of the quorum.