آئینِ تمام قوانین کا منبع ہے لیکن میرے ہموطنوں کی بھاری اکثریت آئین کا مطالعہ کرنے کو غیرضروری سمجھتی ہے البتہ آئے دن شور و غوغا ہوتا ہے کہ پاکستان کو سیکولر ریاست ہونا چاہیئے ۔ مطالبہ کرنے والے ایک لمحہ کیلئے بھی نہیں سوچتے کہ اُن کا مطالبہ آئین کی خلاف ورزی ہے
اس کے برعکس کچھ کہتے ہیں کہ پاکستان کا آئین غیر اسلامی ہے
یہ احوال ہے پڑھے لکھے لوگوں کا ۔ جو سکول ہی نہیں گیا اُس سے کیا شکوہ
آئینِ پاکستان میں کچھ ایسی شقات ہیں جو شاید کسی اور مُلک کے آئین میں نہیں ۔ اس میں دین اسلام کے متعلق کیا کہا گیا ہے جاننا ہر پاکستانی پر فرض ہے ۔ اصل مسئلہ یہ ہے کہ عوام بہتری کی کوشش نہیں کرتے اور اپنا کام صرف مطالبہ کرنا سمجھ رکھا ہے حالانکہ جب تک عوام بہتری کی کوشش نہیں کریں گے تب تک کچھ بہتر نہیں ہو گا بلکہ مزید ابتر ہوتا جائے گا
وفاقی شرعی عدالت کا دائرہءِ اختیار
Whereas sovereignty over the entire Universe belongs to Almighty Allah alone, and the authority to be exercised by the people of Pakistan within the limits prescribed by Him is a sacred trust;
And whereas it is the will of the people of Pakistan to establish an order :-
Wherein the State shall exercise its powers and authority through the chosen representatives of the people;
Wherein the principles of democracy, freedom, equality, tolerance and social justice, as enunciated by Islam, shall be fully observed;
Wherein the Muslims shall be enabled to order their lives in the individual and collective spheres in accordance with the teachings and requirements of Islam as set out in the Holy Quran and Sunnah;
Wherein adequate provision shall be made for the minorities freely to profess and practise their religions and develop their cultures;
Wherein the territories now included in or in accession with Pakistan and such other territories as may hereafter be included in or accede to Pakistan shall form a Federation wherein the units will be autonomous with such boundaries and limitations on their powers and authority as may be prescribed;
Therein shall be guaranteed fundamental rights, including equality of status, of opportunity and before law, social, economic and political justice, and freedom of thought, expression, belief, faith, worship and association, subject to law and public morality;
Wherein adequate provision shall be made to safeguard the legitimate interests of minorities and backward and depressed classes;
Wherein the independence of the judiciary shall be fully secured;
Wherein the integrity of the territories of the Federation, its independence and all its rights, including its sovereign rights on land, sea and air, shall be safeguarded;
So that the people of Pakistan may prosper and attain their rightful and honoured place amongst the nations of the World and make their full contribution towards international peace and progress and happiness of humanity :
Now, therefore, we, the people of Pakistan,
Cognisant of our responsibility before Almighty Allah and men;
Cognisant of the sacrifices made by the people in the cause of Pakistan;
Faithful to the declaration made by the Founder of Pakistan, Quaid-i-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah, that Pakistan would be a democratic State based on Islamic principles of social justice;
Dedicated to the preservation of democracy achieved by the unremitting struggle of the people against oppression and tyranny;
Inspired by the resolve to protect our national and political unity and solidarity by creating an egalitarian society through a new order;
Do hereby, through our representatives in the National Assembly, adopt, enact and give to ourselves, this Constitution.
203D Powers, Jurisdiction and Functions of the Court.
(1) The Court may, 501[either of its own motion or] 501 on the petition of a citizen of Pakistan or the Federal Government or a Provincial Government, examine and decide the question whether or not any law or provision of law is repugnant to the injunctions of Islam, as laid down in the Holy Quran and Sunnah of the Holy Prophet, hereinafter referred to as the Injunctions of Islam.
(1A) Where the Court takes up the examination of any law or provision of law under clause (1) and such law or provision of law appears to it to be repugnant to the Injunctions of Islam, the Court shall cause to be given to the Federal Government in the case of a law with respect to a matter in the Federal Legislative List 503 503, or to the Provincial Government in the case of a law with respect to a matter not enumerated 504[in the Federal Legislative List] 504, a notice specifying the particular provisions that appear to it to be so repugnant, and afford to such Government adequate opportunity to have its point of view placed before the Court.
(2) If the Court decides that any law or provision of law is repugnant to the Injunctions of Islam, it shall set out in its decision:
(a) the reasons for its holding that opinion; and
(b) the extent to which such law or provision is so repugnant; and specify the day on which the decision shall take effect 505[:] 505
506[Provided that no such decision shall be deemed to take effect before the expiration of the period within which an appeal therefrom may be preferred to the Supreme Court or, where an appeal has been so preferred, before the disposal of such appeal.] 506
(3) If any law or provision of law is held by the Court to be repugnant to the Injunctions of Islam,
(a) the President in the case of a law with respect to a matter in the Federal Legislative List or the Concurrent Legislative List, or the Governor in the case of a law with respect to a matter not enumerated in either of those Lists, shall take steps to amend the law so as to bring such law or provision into conformity with the Injunctions of Islam; and
(b) such law or provision shall, to the extent to which it is held to be so repugnant, cease to have effect on the day on which the decision of the Court takes effect.