Monday, September 12, 2011

Important Amendments in 1973 Constitution

Important Amendments in 1973 Constitution

First Amendment

May 4, 1974
It amended Articles 1, 8, 17, 61, 101, 193, 199, 200, 209, 212, 250, 260 and 272, and the First Schedule of the Constitution of Pakistan.

The amendment to Article 1 redefined the boundaries of Pakistan and removed references to East Pakistan after the recognition of Bangladesh by Pakistan.

Second Amendment
September 21, 1974
A person who does not believe in the absolute and unqualified finality of the Prophethood of Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) the last of the Prophets or claims to be a Prophet, in any sense of the word or of any description whatsoever, after Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), or recognises such a claimant as a Prophet or a religious reformer, is not a Muslim for the purposes of the Constitution or law.

Seventh Amendment
May 16, 1977
Insertion of new Article 96-A, in the Constitution.
Referendum as to confidence in Prime Minister:

(1) If at any time the Prime Minister considers it necessary to obtain a vote of confidence of the people of Pakistan through a referendum, he may advise the President to cause the matter to be referred to a referendum in accordance with law made by Parliament.

(2) The law shall provide for the constitution of a Referendum Commission and the manner and mode of holding a referendum.

(3) The President shall call upon the Referendum Commission to conduct a referendum amongst the persons whose names appear on the electoral rolls.

(4) Any dispute arising in connection with the counting of votes at a referendum shall be finally determined by the Referendum Commission or a member thereof authorised by it. And no dispute arising in connection with a referendum or the result thereof shall be raised or permitted to be raised before any Court or other authority whatsoever.

(5) If, on the final count of the votes cast at the referendum, the Prime Minister fails to secure majority of the total votes cast in the matter of the confidence of the people of Pakistan, he shall be deemed to have tendered his resignation within the meaning of Article 94 of the Constitution of Pakistan.


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