Democratic institutions not allowed to function: Rabbani

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Chairman Senate Mian Raza Rabbani on Thursday regretted said neither democratic institutions were allowed to function in accordance with constitution nor rule of law was established in the country. Speaking at at award giving ceremony to renowned poet Nisar Nasik organized by National Press Club (NPC) here, the Chairman said democracy was derailed after every ten years by the dictators. “Democracy in Pakistan is like a interval in film as after every ten years it was interrupted,” he said. He said under the constitution, Parliament has central rule and it was tantamount to jugular vain federation. Rabbani said it was need of the hour that the Parliament would have to play its historical role to cope with external and internal challenges being faced to the country.
He said parliament has not only to be made transparent but it has to also address problems faced by the people and then the people would give it ownership. The people ownership could only help stop intervals in democracy, he added. He regretted that despite lapse of 70 years, we could not set our direction and were still looking it. The Chairman eulogized services rendered by revolutionary poet Nisar Nasik and said three forces like intellectuals, workers and students were considered back bone of any society and these people could bring real societal change.
However, he said on one side former dictator Gen Zia banned student and trade unions but on the other hand extremist elements were given free hands resulting intolerance in society. Earlier in his welcome address, NPC President Shakeel Anjum said NPC award was being given to Nisar Nasik to recognize his long services in filed of literature, poetry. —APP