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Federal Minister for Law and Parliamentary Affairs Dr Babar Awan has said amendments made to the constitution by parliament cannot be challenged in any court of law. Talking to the media after offering fateha at the mausoleum of Dr Allama Muhammad Iqbal, he said it was enshrined in the 1973 constitution that parliament could make changes to the constitution and it was our test how we respect it. He said, “Today is an important day in history of the PPP, parliament and the country because the dream of oppressed people and demands of smaller provinces were being fulfilled.” He said unity of all political parties on national issues including Swat, Aghaz-e-Haqooq Balochistan and 18th amendment bill had proved all people wrong who thought that political parties could not unite for it. The minister congratulated media, intellectuals, civil society and well-wishers of democracy. He said parliamentary democracy was a dream of Allama Iqbal which was being fulfilled through the 18th constitutional amendment bill and everybody should support it wholeheartedly.
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Criticising a Karachi-based lawyer for his statement that parliament had crossed its limits, he questioned why it had kept quiet when martial law was imposed on October 12, 1999, and in 1977. The minister welcomed the statement of Ali Ahmad Kurd in which he had said parliament was supreme. The minister said the PPP did not believe in the politics of conflict and it would keep working to strengthen democracy in the country. “There is no political prisoner in the country at present and there would not be any in future,” he added. To a question on the proposed Accountability Bill, he said they had given equal representation to opposition parties in the committee and were ready for dialogue. To another question on Swiss cases, the minister said he and his ministry’s view was similar to the Swiss attorney general and the constitution of Pakistan. “President Asif Ali Zardari, Shaheed Benazir Butto and Begum Nustrat Bhutto were subjected to media trial for 14 years and nothing could be proved against them,” he added. To another question, he said Pervez Musharraf should return and face the allegations.
By: Ary News