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    1973 Constitution no longer in existence

    http://www.dawn.com/2001/01/23/nat19.htm

    LAHORE, Jan 22: The 1973 Constitution is no longer in existence because of the massive distortions made in it by the late general Ziaul Haq, lawyers and politicians told a meeting held here on Monday to observe the 13th death anniversary of Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan.

    Advocate Abid Hassan Minto of the Pakistan Workers Party said the existing constitution, which has partially been held in abeyance, is 'the 1985 constitution' given to the country by Gen Zia. Even otherwise, he said, democracy has no meaning in a feudal set-up. Pakistan fought 'an American war' in Afghanistan for 10 years for no corresponding gain. It only increased its national debt, the foreign component of which now stands at $58 billion.

    The World Bank and the IMF, the lawyer-politician said, are new tools of imperialism and foreign debt a new instrument of oppression. For certain illusory strategic objectives, Pakistan has been converted into a 'security state', though it was intended to be a social welfare state. Eighty per cent of the national budget', he claimed and deplored, is spent on defence and the army has become the final political arbiter routinely invited to assume power.

    PPP Secretary-General Jahangir Badar said no democratic system can last long unless it is based on the people's aspirations and at least aims to address their basic needs.

    ANP Senior vice-president Ehsan Wyne said the accountability process should be extended to military officers. The top generals should also be asked to account for the real estate worth millions of rupees acquired by them. The salary they get does not justify purchase of expensive residential and commercial plots.

    Former deputy speaker of the NWFP assembly Haji Adeel said those who broke up the country are ruling the roost again. The Pakistan Army, unlike its Turkish counterpart, had no role in the independence of the country yet it seeks a decisive say in the country's governance.

    Held in the Lahore High Court Bar Association auditorium, the meeting was also addressed by Advocate Qureshi Muhammad Hafeez, Syed Manzoor Ali Gilani (Istiqlal Party), Syed Almas Haider, Maj Akhtar (retired), ANP's Sohail Akhtar Malik and S A Rahman, PML's Jahangir Ashraf Vaince, suspended MNA Anwarul Haq Ramay, suspended PMA Moazzam Wattoo and PPP's Ziaul Qamar Bhatti and Tanvir Qureshi.

    #2
    there is no rule of law or constitution
    in pakistan. which country has a leader calls
    himself CE. suddenly there is no post for
    priminister. the army will soon call itself
    "technicals" like they did in somalia

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      #3
      Does Pakistan's political system work on constitution??? looking at previous elected governments I dont thinks so. The consititution not worth more then book in shelf.

      I think Pakistan needs to start fresh with Pakistan's first constitution and with refine process of amendments so no politial party can make amenments to suite thier political needs rather is should serve the needs of the country and its people.

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        #4
        Hey the constitution was never good in the first place.
        It never worked.
        So why use it???
        It is nothing but a piece of paper.

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        CROIRE A L'INCROYABLE
        You can't fix stupid. So might as well troll them!

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          #5
          Hey the constitution was never good in the first place.
          It never worked.
          So why use it???
          It is nothing but a piece of paper.

          May be thats what our problem is, we don't have a constitute, we don't have a directions. That 's the reason we have military ruling most of the time. If some body thinks that the constitute is nothing but a piece of paper and it does not work, he is wrong. This is like building a house without a blue prints, our making a road without a MAP or traveling without any directions.

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            #6
            Hey the consitution we have now is not a blueprint, it is a house of cards.
            Absolutely worthless.
            I back making a new consitution following the examples of the US and western europe.
            And adding constructive vote of no confidence as the first clause.

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            CROIRE A L'INCROYABLE
            You can't fix stupid. So might as well troll them!

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              #7
              hey... the American constitution isn't the same as it was when it was incorporated.

              the most fought after batteles these days are on ammendments to the constitution..
              e.g..
              2nd - possesion of firearms
              5th - can't incriminate yourself

              so the original constitution seems worthless.. but that does not mean it is worthless.. a constitution is the foundation on which rest of the things are built..

              if there are any ammendments which are not working .. you make further ammendments to revoke them and employ other alternatives.

              the 1973 constitution was made after the most wide consultation in the history of constitution making in the history of this world.. it was made to satisfy most of the concerns of most of the people and parties at that time..

              what we have to decide is whether the underlying conditions have changed for us to go and start a whole new consultation process for a new constitution.

              It is easy to say that we get rid of the constitution.. but we have to balance that with the cost benefit of undertaking the exercise.. considering the immense cost that will be borne to change the way the government works. we would be looking at cost to be billions of dollars..

              not really worth it if you can achieve the same means by ammendments to the same constition..

              oh.. b.t.w. the stalwart of democracy .. United Kingdom does not have a written constitution and most probably will not have one for the foreseable future..

              why you ask.. because it allows them flexibility to shift when the times and underlying situations change..

              e.g. in America the fight is going on regarding 2nd Ammendment to the Constitution (right to bear firearms). Now we all now that the people who wrote the constitution or the ammendments would not have considered areas like south central LA or other gang related crime but it is here..
              Now the goverment would try to ban handguns.. but the constitution forbids them to do it..

              In UK.. it can easily be done by the Parliament because they are the current elected body and make judgements based on current situations.. not what someone wrote down 200 years ago.

              or maybe we should look at France.. where the role of the Prime Minister is to protect the people from the President.. interesting.. right.. but that is borne out of their culture, society and circumstances.

              None of these situation are ideal for Pakistan. Pakistan needed to look for its own way and thats what it did for the creation of the 1973 constitution... now only if we can ensure the constitutional ammendments would create a system of checks and balances and would not be easy to overcome. we would have a rock solid system of government.

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