Punjab govt condemns controversial amendment to save party position


After demanding to remove those responsible for Khatm-e-Nabuwwat amendment from the federal cabinet, Punjab government has once again condemned the controversial amendment to save its party position in the province.
Punjab Chief Minister (CM) Shehbaz Sharif also lauded former federal law minister Zaid Hamid for reversing the controversial amendment immediately whereas Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah has repeatedly stated that Hamid was not at fault and hence should not step down.

“Shehbaz had not asked him [Hamid] to resign, with the chief minister categorically stating that he was not at fault,” said Rana Sanullah while talking to a leading English daily.

Interestingly, in the past two weeks, the local government assessed the prevailing situation and had not issued a single statement on the matter. Only after Zahid Hamid’s resignation, Salman Shehbaz tweeted his father’s speech during a worker convention.

In the speech, in front of PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif, Shehbaz demanded those responsible step-down. Punjab PML-N Spokesman Malik Muhammad Ahmad then denounced the controversial bill and reiterated Punjab CM’s position on the matter.

The party spokesperson went on to say that the Punjab law minister would have also stepped down if he was found culpable. His stance, however, was in stark contrast to that of Sanaullah who had repeatedly defended Hamid.

Sanaullah has been touted to be the most powerful law minister in Punjab and also happens to be a close aide to Shehbaz.

Shehbaz Sharif did not reaffirm his own demand for Hamid’s resignation in media talks.