Pakistan facing challenges of civil-military, Parliament-Executive relations: Rabbani

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Seminar on ‘Democracies in Transition & Challenges’

Zubair Qureshi

Islamabad—Chairman Senate Mian Raza Rabbani has said that in Pakistan, democracy is facing multiple challenges including the challenge of the civil- military relationship, parliament and executive relationship, parliament and judiciary relationship and the challenge of balance between the two houses.
He said this while addressing a seminar titled “Democracies in transition, and the challenges they face” here Thursday. The seminar was organized as a joint venture of the Senate of Pakistan and Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA). Upper House Chairman said that learning from the experiences of other democracies and parliaments is important for Pakistan as we are still a democracy in transition and also because we have started our journey of transition from dictatorship to democracy.
“It is through a planned propaganda since inception of the country in 1947, that the role of the parliament and politicians is diminished and that of dictators is glorified,” said Raza Rabbani who himself is a staunch supporter of democracy and architect of the 18th Amendment for restoration of 1973 Constitution of the country.
CPA Secretary General Akbar Khan said the forum of CPA provided a platform to explore and identify strategies to further sustain positive trajectory by entrenching parliamentary democracy not only for Pakistan and the Asia region, but also to share the outcomes more widely within the Commonwealth of Nations who from time to time also face “interruptions’ and ‘ruptures’ in their countries’ journey to democratic governance.
He said that challenges to democracy could arise in both established and stable democracies and states transitioning towards democracy. He said that Parliaments provide a platform for citizens to have a voice in the national policy debate and formation, as well as managing and societal conflicts through discussion and dialogue.