ISLAMABAD: Acting President Mian Raza Rabbani said that continuity of the democratic process is the only panacea to rid the country of the social, political and economic ills.
According to press release, he expressed these views while addressing a gathering at the book launching ceremony titled “ Consistent Parliamentary Cord; The Fundamental Rights of the Citizens of Pakistan” authored by renowned civic educationist and activist Mr. Zafarullah Khan at Parliament House today. The book has been published by the Senate of Pakistan.
Acting President pointed out that equality before law is missing and the rule of law has faded away. “Unfortunately, in Pakistan we work under a system which has five types applicability of law” , he stated. First, Raza Rabbani, said that one set of rules and laws are for the ruling elite. He said that people violating Article 6 of the Constitution are not appearing before the court. The other set of rules, Raza Rabbani said, are for ruling civilian elite. Senator Raza Rabbani further explained the third category of rules for collaborators of the ruling elite; the fourth is for the rich and the powerful and fifth is for the ordinary citizens of Pakistan. However, said that according to Constitution of Pakistan, all are equal before law and all deserve to be treated equally.
He said that since, 1947 till today, a systemic effort was being made by certain quarters to make the people believe that the parliament, political class and political workers have failed to come to the expectation of the people of Pakistan.
He further said that undemocratic interventions after every ten years created a gap due to which people remained unaware of their fundamental rights. “The parliamentary democratic system needs to be strengthened if we want to see the federation to flourish”, he added.
He said that the book clearly depicts the historical perspective of the parliamentary struggle for upholding the fundamental rights. He commended the efforts of the author and contribution made by the Senate Secretariat to highlight the importance of the fundamental rights.
Acting Chairman remarked that efforts are made to ensure the protection of Human Rights in Pakistan. The best way to protect the human rights is that parliament constantly makes laws that prohibit violation of human rights in the country.
Secretary Senate Amjed Pervez said that the book consists of all the efforts carried out by parliament since its inception so that masses could come to know of the parliamentary efforts to ensure human rights in the country.
Former Chairman Senate Nayyer Hussain Bokhari also underscored the need for continuity of the democratic system and commended the efforts of the author and the Senate Secretariat to take such a bold initiative. Senator Farhatullah Babar said that Parliament has always played its role, its executive that has created hurdles in the implementation of the law.
Former Senator Afrasiab Khattak said that unfortunately, people are critical of Parliament’s role. The book tends to change their perception with official documented proof and a must read, adding that its time that Parliament assert itself in nation and state building. Large number of senators, former Chairman Senate Nayyer Hussain Bokhari, former Deputy Chairmen of the Senate, civil society representatives and others.