No room for Pres­i­den­tial form of govt in Pak­istan

The Pak Banker - - NATIONAL -

Se­nate Chair­man Mian Raza Rab­bani Mon­day said there was no room for pres­i­den­tial form of the govern­ment in Pak­istan adding that the sys­tem has al­ready been failed.

Ad­dress­ing to the par­tic­i­pants of 1st batch of Se­nate In­tern­ship Pro­gramme here, he said," the peo­ple has also re­jected the pres­i­den­tial form of the govern­ment and he is not ready to ac­cept ab­ro­gated 1962 con­sti­tu­tion as a con­sti­tu­tion".

He said hun­dred of thou­sands peo­ple had ren­dered sac­ri­fices for strength­en­ing of democ­racy, rule of law and against the dic­ta­tor­ship. Rab­bani said there should be mon­u­ment in the par­lia­ment in mem­ory of those who scar­i­fied their lives in strug­gling for democ­racy and rule of law in the coun­try.

"The coun­try's con­sti­tu­tion en­vis­age par­lia­men­tary form of govern­ment which guar­an­tee pro­vin­cial au­ton­omy," he said. Raza Rab­bani said those el­e­ments would be held re­spon­si­ble in to in case they at­tempted to min­gle with the con­sti­tu­tion or pro­vin­cial au­ton­omy. He feared that the fed­er­a­tion could af­ford more of such ex­per­i­ments. The Chair­man said that the con­sti­tu­tion was not mere a gift to the na­tion rather it came af­ter long strug­gle, sac­ri­fice and pains.

He stressed the need bridge the gap be­tween youth and the par­lia­ment.

He said the in­tern­ship pro­gramme would not only help the youth to make the per­for­mance of var­i­ous stand­ing com­mit­tees but also help them to ob­serve how the par­lia­ment func­tioned. "The par­lia­ment can func­tion smoothly un­less it has peo­ple own­er­ship," he said.

He said in first phase 46 stu­dents of eight univer­si­ties of the cap­i­tal were se­lected for the in­tern­ship. A mem­o­ran­dum of un­der­stand­ing was also be­ing signed with SZABIST univer­sity and in next batch stu­dents from the univer­sity would also be a part of the in­tern­ship. Ear­lier, speak­ing on the oc­ca­sion, leader of the house in Se­nate, Raja Za­farul Haq ap­pre­ci­ated the chair­man for tak­ing such revo­lu­tion­ary step. He said that host of chal­lenges were con­fronted to the coun­try and the role of par­lia­ment was very cru­cial in ad­dress­ing the peo­ples' prob­lems. Sec­re­tary Se­nate Am­jad Per­vaiz Malik also spoke on the oc­ca­sion.

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