PESHAWAR, 6 October: The National Assembly on Thursday restored the clause about belief in Khatm-e-Nabuwwat (finality of prophethood) in its original form in the nomination papers for contesting general elections through an amendment in Elections Act, 2017.

Law Minister Zahid Hamid said in his address to the National Assembly that no one had imagined changes in the oath for finality of prophethood of Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) when the Election Reforms Bill was presented in the assembly. However, he said, the mistake has been corrected now.

The National Assembly had passed Election Reforms Bill three days ago in which the word oath about Khatm-e-Nabuwwat was replaced with affidavit. In the same bill, two clauses about Qadianis, 7-B and 7-C, were deleted. These clauses have also been restored through amendment.

The controversial changes drew outrage of treasury and opposition benches after which the government said it was done by mistake which will be corrected.