Following is the text of the Fifteenth Amendment
Bill presented in and passed by the National Assembly on Friday,
October 9, 1998.
CONSTITUTION (FIFTEENTH AMENDMENT) ACT, 1998
A bill further to amend the Constitution of the Islamic
Republic of Pakistan:
WHEREAS sovereignty over the entire universe belongs to Almighty Allah
alone and the authority which He has delegated to the State of Pakistan
through its people for being exercised through their chosen representatives
within the limits prescribed by Him is a sacred trust;
AND WHEREAS the Objectives Resolution has been made a substantive part
of the Constitution;
AND WHEREAS Islam is the State religion of Pakistan and it is the obligation
of the State to enable the Muslims of Pakistan, individually and collectively,
to order their lives in accordance with the fundamental principles and
basic concepts of Islam as set out in the Holy Quran and Sunnah;
AND WHEREAS Islam enjoins the establishment of a social order based
on Islamic values, of prescribing what is right and forbidding what is
wrong (amr bil ma'roof wa nahi anil munkar);
AND WHEREAS in order to achieve the aforesaid objective and goal, it
is expedient further to amend the Constitution of the Islamic Republic
Short title and commencement
This Act may be called the Constitution (Fifteenth Amendment) Act, 1998.
It shall come into force at once.
Addition of new Article 2B in the Constitution
In the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, hereinafter
referred to as the said Constitution, after Article 2A, the following new
Article shall be inserted, namely:-
Supremacy of the Quran and Sunnah
The Holy Quran and Sunnah of the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him) shall
be the supreme law of Pakistan.
Explanation:- In the application of this clause to the personal
law of any Muslim sect, the expression "Quran and Sunnah" shall mean the
Quran and Sunnah as interpreted by that sect.
The Federal Government shall be under an obligation to take steps to enforce
the Shariah, to establish salat, to administer zakat, to promote
bil ma'roof and nahi anil munkar (to prescribe what is right
and to forbid what is wrong), to eradicate corruption at all levels and
to provide substantial socio-economic justice, in accordance with the principles
of Islam, as laid down in the Holy Quran and Sunnah.
Nothing contained in this Article shall affect the personal law, religious
freedom, traditions or customs of non-Muslims and their status as citizens.
The provisions of this Article shall have effect notwithstanding anything
contained in the Constitution, any law or judgement of any Court".
Source: Dawn (Internet Edition), 9th October, 1998