LAHORE: The existing parliament has fewer powers than Majlis-e-Shura of General Zia ul Haq, former Senate President Raza Rabbani lamented while addressing a meeting at a private university in Lahore, ARY News reported Monday.
“We talk about reforms in state institutions, but we don’t know which institutions need reforms,” said Senator Rabbani.
“There are only three state institutions according to the constitution, that is, the executive, the legislature and the judiciary,” he said. “Unfortunately, parliament has no control over defense, foreign policy, internal security and nuclear assets today or in the past,” Raza Rabbani said.
The state has eliminated all resources in the country, which were producing caliber leaders. “Currently the system is not under attack, but those who want to bring changes to the system have been under attack; the media, students and lawyers are under attack, “Rabbani said.
He stressed the need for dialogue between institutions. “Institutions should decide how they could carry out their responsibilities in accordance with the constitution,” said Senator Raza Rabbani.
He urged parliament to lead the way by initiating the dialogue. “The federation could no longer endure a tragedy.” “Democracy should endure even if it is paralyzed,” he said.
Unfortunately, all political parties in the country have become victims of corporate culture. He believed that the political parties that had to provide the leadership had not led the way.
The government is being administered by ordinances in the presence of parliament, he said. There was never a debate on foreign policy and national security in parliament. The Senate has been closed for three and a half months so far, Rab Rabbani said.
The Foreign Minister instead of giving a statement on the floor of parliament, announcing details of the Taliban talks at a press conference in Washington, said a veteran parliamentarian.
The prime minister in talks with President Trump called Afghanistan the top priority for Pakistan instead of Kashmir, Rabbani said.
“A dialogue between institutions and an understanding is the need for time,” he added.