More to learn from each other’s sim­i­lar­i­ties than dif­fer­ences

Pakistan Observer - - TWIN CITIES -

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.

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