ISLAMABAD - The Supreme Court was urged on Monday to disqualify Senator Aitzaz Ahsan for incorrectly reciting Surah (verse) Ikhlas of the Holy Quran.
Tariq Asad field the petition on behalf of Dr Abid Rauf Orakzai of Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam Fazl (JUI-F) under Article 184 (3) of the Constitution making federal government through secretary cabinet secretariat, chief election commission of Pakistan, chairman Senate, and Senator Aitzaz Ahsan respondents.
“During a political meeting to welcome former President Asif Ali Zardari on September 9, 2013, Aitzaz Ahsan, being a senior advocate while raising slogans in a shameful and disgraceful manner in humiliation of Bar started to recite Sura-e-Ikhlas of the Holy Quran so wrongly that all the participants and TV channels viewers became embarrassed that such a senior member of Bar is so ignorant of Islamic knowledge,” the petitioner submitted.
The petitioner further submitted that Surah-e-Ikhlas is the foundation of Tauheed - one of the basic pillars of Islam - ignoring to which Aitzaz does not pre-qualify to contest the election of Senate (Parliament) under clause (e) of Article 62.
Tariq Asad prayed to the court to ask Aitzaz to read Kalima Tayyaba and Kalima Shahadat as well as prayers.
The petitioner also urged the court to declare Aitzaz disqualified to become member of the Senate and the Parliament. He requested the court to direct the chairman Senate to refer the matter to Chief Election Commission that Aitzaz Ahsan has become disqualified under Article 63 of the Constitution and ceases to be member of the Senate.