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Only Parliament Can Rewrite Constitution: Gilani

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TEHRAN, March 7 (ICANA) – Pakistan Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani said no institution other than parliament can rewrite the constitution.
Monday, March 07, 2011 12:20:25 PM
Only Parliament Can Rewrite Constitution: Gilani

“The Constitution clearly determines the role of all state institutions which work within their ambit and are bound to follow the Constitution”, he said while talking to senior columnists at his residence here on Sunday, APP reported.

Renowned columnists from national dailies met the Prime minister and discussed various issues currently faced the country at length.

The Prime Minister said that all institutions were passing through the process of evolution and they would identify their role with the passage of time.

“Soon after PPP came into power, the country was faced with multiple challenges like global recession, energy crisis, terrorism and floods which consumed energies of the  government, but we would overcome these challenges”, he asserted.

He said that he would invite all political parties to be on the same page on the security as well as economic issues, adding that he would take requisite initiatives to bring all religious as well as political parties on the table to discuss security challenges to the country.    

The Prime Minister said that the policy of reconciliation has played vital role in creating political harmony in the country and it helped in the passage of constitutional amendments including the 18th as well as 19th Amendments, and NFC Award, adding that efforts for political harmony would continue.

Regarding security issues, Gilani said that the government would not allow the misuse of any law which might undermine the constitutional rights of citizens or lead to injustice.

About Raymond Davis case, he said that the government would not take any decision against the dignity and sovereignty of the country.

Talking about the political turmoil in the Middle East and other countries, Gilani said, “The situation in the Middle East and North Africa cannot be compared with Pakistan. There is a constitution at work in Pakistan and a constitutional procedure to bring about a change.”

Regarding water dispute with India, he said that the issue would be resolved as per the Indus Basin Treaty, adding that Pakistan wanted to resolve unfinished agenda with India through dialogue.

He said that Diamir Bhasha Dam has been an outcome of consensus by all political forces and it was unanimously adopted by all provinces in the meeting of the Council of Common Interests (CCI), adding the government wanted to converse on all mega projects.

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