| GEO Pakistan|
| Rabbani vows constitutional package for parliament|
| Updated at: 2154 PST, Tuesday, August 18, 2009|
ISLAMABAD: Chairman Special Committee of the Parliament on Constitutional Reforms, Senator Mian Raza Rabbani Tuesday said that the dictators abrogated the Constitution unwisely and regardless of consequences that caused the weakening of federation and institutional instability.
Talking to media after the committee meeting under his chair, Mian Raza Rabbani said the dictators have always the advantage to revoke the constitution in their favor regardless of the matter whatsoever the corollaries appear.
The 27-member Special Committee of the Parliament on Constitutional Reforms was announced in June to revisit the 1973 Constitution, in order to repeal the 17th amendment and to strike a balance of powers between the president and prime minister including removal from the constitution of clause 58 (2) B after President Asif Ali Zardari desired it twice in his address to the Parliament.
“General Zia-ul Haq and Pervez Musharraf trampled upon the Constitution that destabilized the institutions and brought instability to the country," said Mian Raza Rabbani and added that we would have to step ahead setting aside the bitter memories of the past in larger national interest.
He said, after 1973, the Constitutional reforms committee would have the credit to reform the Constitution including repeal of 17th amendment and 58 (2) B through Parliamentary consensus.
Rabbani lauded the role of civil society representatives and lawyers who have moved 95 suggestions to the committee and added that the committee it would bring all suggestions in consideration.' Constitution is costume of any nation and it keeps the federating units and institutions united.
So when a committee has been mandated to amend the Constitution through elected Parliament, it should work responsibly and prudently," said Mian Raza Rabbani. He told media that the committee would re-convene on 27th of this month and added that it is really a sensitive and complicated matter and Parliament has to take any step in this regard with utmost care.
The committee head applauded the role of the political leadership that worked sensibly being part of the committee that would give a constitutional package to the Parliament and would take any step with paramount carefulness, be it related to the repeal of 17th amendment or any other issue.
To a question, he told that except non-parliamentary parties from Balochistan, all the political parties have submitted their constitutional amendment drafts in the committee secretariat.