PTI distances country from ‘essence of democracy’: Bilawal Says ‘making dams or demolishing buildings’ not judiciary’s job

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Pakistan People’s Party Chairperson Bilawal Bhutto Zardari on Thursday said that the incumbent Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf government has distanced Pakistan from the “real essence of democracy”.

The PPP leader made these remarks in Lahore while interacting with the legal fraternity on the invitation of the Lahore High Court Bar Association. Bilawal said Pakistan, in the recent

past, had taken “a step or two towards democracy and at other times a step or two back”, but today, Pakistan stood “miles away from democracy”.

He said, “Without an independent judiciary, no democracy could flourish in the country. Zulfikar Ali Bhutto gave the Constitution and democracy to Pakistan. Democracy is just a dream without a constitution. A lawyer established Pakistan and furthermore, a lawyer Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, gave a constitution and democracy to Pakistan.”

He added that democracy would not have been possible without an independent judiciary, and the PPP has great respect for the judiciary, but unfortunately, “the judiciary did not render its fair role in the past”. The PPP chairperson further said that the work of the chief justice is to interpret the constitution.

The party has announced a march on Islamabad on February 27 “for protecting democracy, the country, its Constitution and the economy”, said Bilawal. He further said the party seeks help in the no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Imran Khan.

 

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