The Constitutional Status of Islamic Laws in Pakistan

The constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, 1973, and according to article 1 of 1973, declares that the official name of Pakistan is the Islamic Republic of Pakistan.

In article 2A of this constitution, the state religion of Pakistan is declared as “Islam”.  The Objectives Resolution of the preamble of the Constitution was made a part of its substantive provisions by the insertion of Article 2A in 1985, thereby requiring all laws to be brought into consonance with the Quran and Sunnah. Chapter 3A establishes the Federal Shariat Court.

Part IX of the Constitution is entitled “Islamic Provisions” and provides for the eventual Islamization of all existing laws, reaffirming that no laws repugnant to the injunctions of Islam are to be enacted.

So, the status of Islamic Laws in Pakistan is very clear.

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