CONSTITUTION (NINTH AMENDMENT) BILL, 1985
A Bill 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:-
Short title and commencement.
- (1) This Act may be called the Constitution (Ninth Amendment) Act, 1985.
- (2) It shall come into force at once.
- 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 Quran 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.
Amendment of Article 203B of the Constitution.
In the Constitution, in Article 203B, 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.
In the Constitution, in Article 203D, after clause (3) the following new clause shall be added namely:
(3-A) 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 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.
(3-B) Notwithstanding anything contained in the Constitution including this chapter or
clause (3-A) 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 (3-A), shall continue to remain in force until such time
as appropriate laws are enacted by the legislature in substitution of such exiting laws as
a consequence of the final decision of the Court, as stated in clause (3-A), and until the
said laws have been enforced:
- Provided that nothing contained in clauses (3-A) and (3-B) shall apply to assessment made, orders passed, proceedings pending and amount payable or recovered before the enforcement of the laws enacted in pursuance of clause (3-A).
In consonance with the provisions of Article 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, 203B and 203D 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.