Federalism, erosion of parliamentary democracy in Pakistan: Senator Rabbani

March 17, 2021 5:36 AM STI

Islamabad [Pakistan], March 17 (ANI): The concepts of federalism and parliamentary democracy in Pakistan are being eroded day by day, said Senator Mian Raza Rabbani.
While expressing these views at a national conference on “Making Pakistani Federalism Work: Lessons from the Government’s Response to COVID-19,” Rabbani said it is very unfortunate that efforts are being made to replace the current federal parliamentary democratic system by a quasi-presidential system, Dawn reported.
He also noticed that the internal and external conditions are not conducive to such experimentation.

The Pakistani senator stressed the need to strengthen existing federal coordination mechanisms under the Council of Common Interests (ICC) instead of creating a new extra-constitutional forum such as the National Command and Operation Center (NCOC).
He further stated that ICC meetings were not convened regularly despite being the linchpin of the federal system, adding that all matters on the Federal Legislative List Part II are decided by the Cabinet, which is in violation of the Constitution, Dawn reported.
Meanwhile, Senator Dr Jehanzeb Jamaldini denounced the deprivation in Balochistan, on the occasion of the event. He said if a power line in Quetta is damaged it is not fixed for weeks, but a damaged pipeline supplying gas from Balochistan would be fixed within hours.
The event was organized by Democracy Reporting International (DRI) with support from the British government’s Foreign, Commonwealth Development Office (FCDO), according to Dawn.
The conference brought together legislators, jurists and those responsible for governance from the federal capital and the provinces. (ANI)

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