Violation of article 62?


Ahead of the Senate elections, heads of various political parties accused each other of horse-trading as members of few political parties vote to the members of other political parties.

The issue is of such severe nature that the Prime Minister had to take action to put a full stop on the horse-trading. Nawaz Sharif on Monday expressed his deep concern over the reports of alleged use of money and influence for the forthcoming Senate election, and directed for immediate steps to make the process transparent, fair and in accordance with the democratic norms.

If we put a glance at the article 62 of the constitution, we would came to know that a person shall not be qualified to be elected as a member of the Parliament unless he is of good character and is not commonly known as one who violates Islamic Injunctions. He should have adequate knowledge of Islamic teachings and practices and remained from abstaining major sins. He should be sagacious, righteous and non-profligate, honest and ameen, there being no declaration to the contrary by a court of law.

More or less all the leaders of political parties have raised the issue of the horse-trading as the parliamentarians are switching allegiances for the sake of money. Here arises a crunch question, were the parliamentarians given the nod to contest the general elections after proper scrutiny considering the article 62? Had proper scrutiny been done, only honest and amen politicians would have made it to the corridors of the Parliament, horse-trading like issues would never have surfaced.

It is ironic that some will be successful to make into the Senate by violating the article 62, 63 of the constitution and would do the legislation for the masses. The solution of all the ills our society is facing lies in the implementation of the laws. There are laws but with very rare or no implementation at all.

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