Whereas Islam has been declared to be the State Religion of Pakistan and it is obligatory for all Muslims to regulate and order their lives in accordance with the injunctions of the Holy Qur`an and Sunnah.
And whereas in order to achieve the aforesaid objective and goal, it is expedient further to amend the Constitution of Islamic Republic of Pakistan, 1973 (here inafter referred to as the Constitution). Now therefore, it is hereby enacted as following:-
1. Short Title and Commencement:-
(1) This act may be called the Constitution (Eighteenth Amendment) Act. 2005.
(2) It shall come into force at once.
2. Addition of the following words in Article 2-A: - It will take precedence over all the provisions of the CONSTITUTION.
3. Addition of New Article 2B in the Constituion:- After Article 2A, the following new Article 2B shall be added in the Constitution, namely:-
"2(B) (1) All existing laws shall be brought in conformity with the injunctions of Islam as laid down in the Holy Qur`an and Sunnah and no Law shall be enacted which is repugnant to such injunctions.
(2) Nothing contained in any Article of the Constitution shall affect the personal law, regligious freedom and customs of non-Muslims.
(3) The Provisions of this Article shall have effect and shall be operative and self executory."
4. Article 227 of the Constitution with Explanation and clauses (2) and (3) shall be omitted.
5. Amendment of Article 203-B:- In the Constitution in clause "C" of the Article 203-B, after the words "force of law" all the words up to the last word "and" shall be substituted by the following, namely:-
"shall include the Constitution, Muslim personal law and also any law relating to the procedure of any court or tribunal and any fiscal law or any law relating to the levy and collection of taxes and fee or banking insurances practice and procedure."
6. Amendment of Article 303-C:- In the Constitution after clause (3A) of Article 203-C, the following clause (3B) shall be added, namely.-
"(3B) The Ulema judges shall be entitled to the same remuneration, allowances pension and privileges as are admissible to a permanent judge of a High Court."
7. Amendments of Article 203-F:-
Amendment No. 1:- In the Constitution, in Article 203-F. sub-clause (b) of clause (3) shall be substituted by the following, namely.-
"Two Ulema shall be appointed by the President as permanent Judges of the Supreme Court form amongst the Ulema judges of the Federal Shariah Court or from out of panel of Ulema to be drawn up by the President in consultation with the Chief Justice. The Ulema judges shall be entitled to the same remuneration, allowances pension and privileges as are admissible to a judge of the Supreme Court."
Amendment No.2:- In the Constitution, in Article 203-F sub-clause (4) and sub-clause (6) shall be omitted.
8. In the Constitution Article 230 and Article 231 shall be omitted.