19th amend­ment bill 'a new year gift': PM Gi­lani

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IS­LAM­ABAD: Prime Min­is­ter Syed Yusuf Raza Gi­lani on Thurs­day termed the unan­i­mous pas­sage of 19th amend­ment bill from the se­nate as 'a new year gift' to the nation, which re­flected ma­tu­rity of all the po­lit­i­cal lead­er­ship of coun­try.

Speak­ing in the house af­ter it unan­i­mously passed the land­mark 19th amend­ment bill, the prime min­is­ter said that it had dis­pelled the im­pres­sion as if the par­lia­ment was in­ef­fec­tive or a rub­ber­stamp one.

"The up­heaval task which the cur­rent par­lia­ment has per­formed, is un­prece­dented," said Gi­lani be­fore an­nounc­ing the high­est civil award of Nis­han-e-Im­tiaz for the Par­lia­men­tary Com­mit­tee on Con­sti­tu­tional Re­forms to be awarded in Jan­uary next year.

The prime min­is­ter at­trib­uted the pas­sage of 19th amend­ment to the pol­i­tics of rec­on­cil­i­a­tion, which in­volved broad-based un­der­stand­ing fea­tur­ing ju­di­ciary, es­tab­lish­ment, pres­i­dency, par­lia­ment, prov­inces and me­dia. "We will take along all stake­hold­ers," he added.

Gi­lani said that 19th amend­ment bill in­di­cated that the govern­ment re­spected the ju­di­ciary and the lat­ter re­spected the par­lia­ment by re­fer­ring the bill back to it. The bill, the prime min­is­ter said, had shut the doors for, what he called, 'clash of in­sti­tu­tions' which was be­ing feared for long.

Gi­lani said that this was the first ever govern­ment which had equally dis­bursed funds among the par­lia­men­tar­i­ans with­out any dis­crim­i­na­tion. "We have taken along all with us, and have equally given share to ev­ery­body in the devel­op­ment funds," he added. The prime min­is­ter said the par­lia­ment had trans­lated the wishes of the peo­ple by unan­i­mously pass­ing 57 bills. "This is not an or­di­nary task," he said.

Gi­lani said the present govern­ment had shunned the pol­i­tics of vic­tim­iza­tion and laid the foun­da­tion of no­bil­ity. "There is not a sin­gle po­lit­i­cal pris­oner in the coun­try as on to­day," he said.

The prime min­is­ter said that pol­i­tics was a noble cause which was aimed to serve the peo­ple. He as­sured of es­pous­ing sup­port on na­tional is­sues no mat­ter whether he was en­joy­ing ma­jor­ity or not.

He stressed for putting an end to spec­u­la­tions which had cre­ated dis­ap­point­ment among the masses and halted devel­op­ment work. "We want in­sti­tu­tions to be strength­ened. We are with you if you want to bring leg­is­la­tion for na­tional in­ter­ests. -App

KARACHI: Pres­i­dent Asif Ali Zar­dari pre­sid­ing over a meet­ing re­gard­ing rehabilitation and devel­op­ment projects in Sindh Prov­ince. Chair­man PPP Bi­lawal Bhutto Zar­dari was also present in the meet­ing. -App

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