Opposition warns of tampering with 18th Amendment

Opposition warns of tampering with 18th Amendment

Posted on Apr 29, 2020

ISLAMABAD: The opposition on Tuesday once again warned the government against any move to amend the provisions of the 18th Amendment to the Constitution or the National Financial Commission (NFC) award, saying such action would not only lead to national unity. It will not only harm the country but will also plunge the country into a constitutional crisis.

According to Dawn, the warning was issued by Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI-F) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman in a video message in which he spoke to leaders of almost all opposition parties and key leaders on the phone over the past two days. It was later recorded and later released in writing by his party, calling it a 'declaration' of the opposition parties.

Maulana Fazlur Rehman said, "God knows whose agenda is being pursued through talks on repealing or changing the 18th Amendment." This will create a political and constitutional crisis in the country and the country cannot tolerate any constitutional crisis at this stage.

The JUI-F chief expressed surprise at the timing of the debate, saying that on the one hand, the government was asking the people to show national unity in the fight against the coronavirus and on the other hand, to stir up controversy. is going.

The JUI-F chief called on Pakistan People's Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) to adopt a common position and strategy on the government's possible plan to review the 18th Amendment. He also spoke to leaders of major opposition parties, including President Shahbaz Sharif.

He was of the view that the country had already suffered a lot due to all kinds of experiences.

He said that it was the experience of the country that saw the presidential form of government and martial law that the country was halved.

The JUI-F chief said that the 1973 constitution was adopted by the political parties after a broad national consensus and all parties agreed that the country should be governed through a 'democratic and parliamentary system of government'. Will be run

He was of the view that if the basic structure of the constitution was changed, a new assembly would have to be formed.

He said that if any article of the basic structure of the constitution is repealed, then it would be necessary to form an assembly to draft a new constitution. This would be a severe test for the nation.

Referring to the current situation in the country after the outbreak of Coronavirus, he said, "We cannot afford to put the country in more trouble and we will not allow anyone to put the nation in more trouble and push it into darkness." '

The JUI-F chief said that any attempt to change the 18th Amendment or the NFC Award was tantamount to sabotaging national unity.

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Meanwhile, presiding over a meeting of the party's economic committee via video link, PPP chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said that it would not be correct to say that under the 18th amendment, health was the responsibility of the provinces only, in exceptional circumstances. Central governments around the world are supporting their provinces.

He said in a telephone conversation with the JUI-F chief that he had agreed that Pakistan's democratic forces would never compromise on the 18th Amendment and announced that he would not take any such action. We will stop the effort with all our might.

In a joint statement, National Party (NP) leaders Hasil Bizenjo, Dr. Abdul Malik, and Jan Mohammad Baledi also spoke about the PTI government's alleged plan to amend the 18th Amendment and the NFC Award. Expressed grave concern and vowed to "strongly resist the move."

National Party leaders said the move could cause unimaginable damage to the federation as well as the country's integrity.




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