| GEO Pakistan|
| 18th Amendment revival of Parliament’s power: President|
| Updated at: 0259 PST, Thursday, May 06, 2010|
ISLAMABAD: President Asif Ali Zardari said on Wednesday that one of the greatest achievements of the government was the 18th Amendment, which had restored powers to the Parliament in accordance with the 1973 Constitution given unanimously to the country by Pakistan People’s Party (PPP).
To cleanse the constitution of all undemocratic articles introduced into it by unelected and autocratic regimes has been a dream of Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto and the party has realized her dream, the President said. He said this while addressing a gathering of PPP office-bearers, ticket holders and counsellors belonging to Sheikhupura division in the Presidency.
The meeting participated by several hundred party workers was also attended by Secretary General of the Party, Senator Jahangir Badar, Federal Minister for Water & Power Raja Pervaiz Ashraf, Minister of State Ch. Safdar Warraich, Ch. Manzoor, Ms. Fouzia Habib, Senator Faisal Raza Abidi and Spokesperson to the President former Senator Farhatullah Babar.
Briefing the media, Spokesperson to the President Farhatullah Babar said that the President said that Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto shed her blood for restoring the right of the people and the Parliament and the Party has accepted the challenge of those who were opposing the constitutional reforms, the Parliament’s sovereignty and the people’s rights.
He said that no one relinquishes power readily,but he gave up the powers most willingly to strengthen the Parliament and realize the Party’s dream to revive the democratic Constitution.
President Zardari said that the UN Inquiry Commission in the assassination of Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto had strengthened the hands of the government to pursue the investigations vigorously and expose the culprits before the whole world.