PPP warns govt to refrain from linguistic identity; issue may engulf whole country


Staff Reporter


Sindh Minister for Information and Archives and Labour Saeed Ghani and former Chairman Senate Mian Raza Rabbani while addressing a press conference on Friday, said that after the approval of the 18th Amendment, the provincial autonym could not be obstructed. By approving the 18th Amendment, Parliament had given a clear message that federal units have their own rights, they said. They said that under clause 2 of the article 149, the federal government had the authority to intervene in a province’s internal matters before the approval of the 18th Amendment. However, with the approval of the 18th Amendment the federal government had no such authority, they clarified.
They said that now under Article 149 a provincial government could only be instructed, while practically nothing could be done. Sindh Information Minister Saeed Ghani said that the Sindh government could resolve all the issues which the federal government wanted to do using Article 149. They said that an impression being given by the federal government that it wanted to take over the provincial headquarter of Sindh was not welcoming at all. Former Chairman Senate Mian Raza Rabbani said that the purpose of passing the 18th Amendment was to stop whatever was wrong in the past.
He said he would never allow anyone to rollback the Eighteenth Amendment. Raza Rabbani said that such planners lived in the paradise of fools. He said that Pakistan could not afford the further instability. Do not let the linguistic affairs open out, if its flames spreader the whole country would suffer, he added.