People of Pakistan rejected presidential form of government: Raza Rabbani

Islamabad, April 12, 2016 (PPI-OT):Chairman Senate Mian Raza Rabbani has said that people of Pakistan have rejected presidential form of government. He made these remarks while speaking as chief guest at a seminar held here at Parliament House in connection with constitution day celebrations on Tuesday.

The seminar titled ‘Concept of Parliamentary Democracy, federalism and constitution’ was attended among others by Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pervaiz Khattak, Chief Minister Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah, Governor Punjab Malik Mehmood Rajwana and Member National Assembly Mehmood Khan Achakzai. This was the first step of developing linkages between Senate and its electoral colleges i.e. the provinces.

Mian Raza Rabbani said that 1973 constitution laid foundation for a parliamentary democracy and Pakistan’s political workers and civil society have done a long struggle to achieve this consensus document. He said that a strong centre proved to be the reason of dismantling Pakistan and denying provincial autonomy was the gravest of faults.

He said that politicians today have the moral courage to admit bad governance, corruption but Pakistan is at a critical juncture of history and all major stakeholders of country must admit their follies that they have misused the resources and that they have corrupted. Leader of the House in Senate said that supremacy of constitution ensures social integration and celebrating Constitution is one of the many noble initiatives of Mian Raza Rabbani to ensure the same.

Senator Aitezaz Ahsan while addressing the Seminar said that 18th amendment has restored the constitution in much of its original vigour of democracy, federalism, the concept of one man one vote and essentially taking away 58-2 (b) and restoring the supremacy of constitution. We need to continue our efforts for supremacy of parliament and constitution.

Representing Balochistan Mehmood Khan Achakzai, member national Assembly proposed that a debate should have taken place in the joint sitting of Parliament keeping in view the significance of this historic consensus document. He also underscored the need to give due recognition to regional languages and culture.

Pervaiz Khattak while expressing his views said that constitution of Pakistan gives equal rights to all citizens and hence the same should be guaranteed to people from all provinces regardless of their size. He said Chairman Senate has made the constitution day a day of remembrance. Chief Minister Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah also addressed the seminar and received grand applause from the audience for being the member of the constitution drafting committee back in 1973.

Ensuring the presence of the fourth pillar of the state among the speakers of the seminar, prominent journalists Hamid Mir and I. A. Rehman were also invited in the ceremony. Hamid Mir while addressing the ceremony said that this is the right time to celebrate constitution day as there prevails an argument that Pakistan needs a presidential form of government.

He further said that when Chairman Senate speaks of removing article 6 from the constitution, he does not mean it in the literal sense but he is in reality asking us to open our hearts and minds. Mr. I. A. Rehman gave a detailed account of Pakistan’s constitutional history and said that Pakistan’s parliamentary democracy is still in the making.

Secretary Senate also made his brief remarks while launching the seminar and said that Senate of Pakistan celebrated the constitution day last year with the slogan of ‘unity through diversity’ and this year the focus is on the prospects of a strengthened parliamentary democracy. He said that the state and government need to mould all their activities according to the constitution as it unites the public and State. The event was attended by members of the Upper House, civil society members, students of different universities and colleges and media persons.

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