More to learn from each other’s similarities than differences
ZUBAIR QURESHI ISLAMABAD—Constitutions and constitutional developments in Sri Lanka, Pakistan and India offer more similarities than difference as well as opportunities than challenges to learn from each other. Speakers were of this view at a conference on ‘Lessons for Constitutional Development in South Asia’ organized by Pakistan Institute of Legislative Development & Transparency (PILDAT) here on Thursday.
Three constitutional experts, one each from India, Sri Lanka and Pakistan highlighted their countries’ respective constitutional development and shared their salient features with the audience. Sri Lanka, Pakistan and India have Federal systems and Parliamentary systems all three are looking for empowered local governments and further strengthening constitutional provisions for protection of religious minorities. Although the three countries have witnessed different trajectories of Constitutional development, the models in place in each country offer a lot to learn.
Acting Sri Lankan High Commissioner, Mrs Wijayanthi Edirisinghe, Vice Chancellor, West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata, Prof Dr Ishwara Padil Bhatand Senior Advocate Supreme Court of Pakistan Former Governor; Federal Minister, Shahid Hamid, were the three esteemed constitutional experts and keynote speakers. Indian High Commissioner Gautam Bambawale also shared his perspective at the conference. Mrs Wijayanthi Edirisinghe said, at the moment Sri Lanka is in the process of drafting a new constitution. The efforts in this regard were spearheaded by the public representations committee on constitutional reforms. This committee has developed a unique model of public consultations, seeking the views and advice of the people ahead of formulating its recommendations, she said.
Women filling their water pots from a water tanker as the city faces water shortage after the weather turned hot.