PPP supports government in setting up of Constitution Court

Sunday, June 16th, 2013 1:37:53 by

PPP Senator Farhatullah Babar proposed a three point frame work to release the creative energies of the people for resolving energy crisis, restoring peace and accelerating growth and investment instead of resorting to coercive regulatory and taxation measures.



Participating in the discussion on the budget today he said that taking the bull of militancy by the horns, setting up a Constitution Court and addressing disconnect between the civil and security establishment would unleash the potential of two hundred million people needed to promote investment and development.


A time has come that we carry out a dispassionate study of the impact of judicial overreach on the implementation of economic policies he said adding that the Constitution Court envisaged in the Charter of Democracy (CoD) needed to be set up.


Most of the CoD had been implemented in the last five years. The PPP will support the  government in implementing the remaining few provisions including the Constitution Court which he said had been deferred on the request of PML-N.


He said that far reaching reforms in Balochistan have been met with dumping of the mutilated dead bodies and the rise in the enforced disappearances.


It showed that some elements did not like a political settlement. He said the attack the Quiad residency In Ziarat and on girls students in Quetta on Saturday was an assault on the past heritage and the future treasure of Pakistan. He deplored that while there was need to strengthen national narrative against militancy the ruling PML-N having a soft corner for militants had weakened the national narrative against militancy.


He called for addressing the issue of enforced disappearances and deplored that just when the senate committee on human rights had proposed legislation and other measures to address the issue the government abruptly disbanded the human rights ministry and made it part of the law ministry under a minister who was also General Musharraf’s law minister. He demanded restoration of human rights ministry.


Farhatullah Babar also criticized the thoughtless manner in which the secret and discretionary funds of some ministries had been disbanded.


About the defence budget Farhatullah Babar said that payment of compensation to the owners whose land had been acquired for military purposes should also be paid out of the defence budget.


He said several thousands acres of land belonging to private individuals was acquired in 70’s and 80’s for military ranges in Nowshera. Despite court orders and intervention by the Parliament no compensation has yet been paid to the owners of acquired land.


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