National Assembly set to celebrate golden jubilee of 1973 Constitution

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National Assembly Speaker Raja Pervez Ashraf briefs about activities and events to be organised for Golden Jubilee Celebration of the Constitution at Parliament House on April 7, 2023. — Twitter/@NAofPakistan
National Assembly Speaker Raja Pervez Ashraf briefs about activities and events to be organised for Golden Jubilee Celebration of the Constitution at Parliament House on April 7, 2023. — Twitter/@NAofPakistan

ISLAMABAD: The National Assembly (NA), under the leadership of Speaker Raja Pervez Ashraf, is all set to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Constitution of Pakistan 1973.

The month-long celebrations are set to commemorate the country's charter with a series of events that will commence on April 10 — the day the NA unanimously passed the resolution half a century ago.

These activities have been chalked out by a Parliamentary Advisory Committee — comprising the speaker, members from both houses of parliament and headed by Senator Raza Rabbani.

The speaker will inaugurate the celebrations by laying the foundation stone of the Constitution Monument at the site approved by the Advisory Committee, opposite Parliamentary Lodges, D-Chowk, Islamabad. 

The monument will serve as a permanent reminder of the importance of the Constitution in the nation’s history.

This will be followed by a wreath-laying ceremony at the Memorial of the Unsung Heroes of Democracy in the Parliament House to homage to those who fought for democracy in Pakistan.

The speaker will also inaugurate an exhibition showcasing rare pictures of the Constitution’s framers, inspect a commemorative stamp, and then head to the second floor of the Parliament to inspect the original Constitution and other manuscripts.

The celebrations will culminate in the National Assembly Session (National Constitution Convention) in the main assembly hall, attended by parliamentarians and people from all walks of life.

The Convention will be chaired by the Speaker. Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, Chairman Advisory Committee Senator Raza Rabbani and other attendees will pay tribute to the framers of the Constitution.

The session will also pass a number of resolutions related to the Constitution’s recognition as a binding document, its incorporation into the national curriculum, an homage to the Constitution’s framers, and declaring the State Bank building (old National Assembly Hall) as a national monument.

The celebrations will be followed by a joint session of the Parliament, scheduled for 2pm.

The month-long activities include speech contests in educational institutions, quiz competitions, exhibitions, special programmes by electronic media, newspaper supplements and an international constitution convention on May 10.