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