ISLAMABAD:Terming the day a historic one, Chairman Parliamentary Committee on Constitutional Reforms, Mian Raza Rabbani Tuesday presented a report with regard to the proposed 19th amendment in the Constitution in the National Assembly.“This is a unique moment in the political history of the country as two very important unanimously adopted constitutional bills are being presented before the House,” he said while laying the report. Rabbani said that when some of the articles of the 18th Amendment were challenged in the Supreme Court of Pakistan, some people were waiting for a clash among the institutions but the Supreme Court sent it back to the Parliament for a review. No political party has given a dissenting note on the 19th amendment, he added.He congratulated and thanked the President, the Prime Minister, all political parties’ heads and the National Assembly Speaker for giving a free hand0 to the Committee, which made it possible for him to present a unanimously adopted report on 19th amendment in the House.
He said that all the constitutional institutions were functioning within their constitutional ambits and the political system in the country was strengthening day-by-day. He also paid tributes to the members of the Committee and said without their active cooperation, it was not possible for him to develop consensus with regard to the unanimous amendments.Later, Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani congratulated the House on the presentation of the report with regard to the report on 19th amendment and a successful test of a ballistic missile Hatf-5.He was of the view that the incumbent Parliament was the most independent than the previous ones and its seriousness and devotion to resolve the issues had shut the mouth of those who had been terming it a rubberstamp parliament.Premier Gilani said that he had been a member of the parliament since 1982 to 2002 and he never saw such an independent parliament. “The last Parliament did nothing but only chanted slogans of ‘Go Musharraf Go,” the Prime Minister commented.Congratulating the Chairman and members of the Committee and heads of the political parties, he said that the Parliament, politicians, media and judiciary were passing through an evolution and were turning more mature and strong – Nation