Recent constitutional developments in Pakistan are culmination of parliamentary and constitutional evolutionary process: Farooq H. Naek

Islamabad, June 08, 2012 (PPI-OT): Recent Parliamentary and Constitutional Developments in Pakistan are in fact culmination of Parliamentary and Constitutional evolutionary process to which the State of Pakistan owed its genesis.

This was stated by Pakistan’s Federal Law Minister Farooq H. Naek while addressing the Pakistan Society at Pakistan High Commission, London on 7 June, 2012.

He narrated the historical process of constitutionalism in the sub-continent starting from the British Rule and said that the seeds of Parliamentarianism and Constitutionalism had been sown for about a century before the creation of Pakistan.

The new State of Pakistan had inherited the Parliamentary and Constitutional traditions, he added.

Dwelling upon the constitutional history of Pakistan, Mr Naek said that Zukfikar Ali Bhutto, Prime Minister of Pakistan, framed an interim Constitution in 1972 in shortest possible time after which the 1973 Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan took the field, and the nation had been steered on the strength of this Constitution which guaranteed as many as twenty fundamental rights.

The present Government on coming into power in 2008, refurbished and restored, the Constitution of 1973, according to the aspirations of the people of Pakistan, through 18th Constitutional Amendment in which Provinces have been given autonomy, he said.

Also, through 18th Amendment in the Constitution most of the powers, of the President, had been given to the Prime Minister and now the President was bound, by the advice of the Prime Minister, Mr Naek explained. Similarly, he said, the reserved seats for women and minorities had been increased.

The Law Minister said that today Pakistan had an elected democratic government, an elected President, functional Parliament, an independent Judiciary and vibrant media.

Mr Naek called upon the Pakistani Diaspora to support democratic system in Pakistan as they had been supporting the Pakistan economy.

Pakistan High Commissioner for UK Mr Wajid Shamsul Hasan appreciated Law Minister’s role in recent constitutional developments. Chairman Pakistan Society General Anthony Palmer presented the vote of thanks. The event ended at question and answer session..

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