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Bilawal urges political, democratic forces to work together

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari stressed the importance of unity among political and democratic forces on Monday,

saying that all institutions should work within their constitutional mandates to help Pakistan overcome various problems such as economic, inflation, unemployment, and terrorism.

Speaking at a convention held in conjunction with the golden jubilee celebrations of the 1973 constitution, he stated that in the past, undemocratic forces have always exploited differences among politicians and political parties. He added that now was the time to forge unity and work together for the country’s political and economic stability.

According to the state news agency, the minister stated that the National Security Committee met and decided to launch operations against terrorists and defeat them again.

He referred to the 1973 constitution, which was unanimously approved by this august body and preserved all of the country’s provinces.

He stated that April 10 was a historical day and that it should be included in the curriculum to teach the next generation about the significance of constitutional days such as August 14, 1947. On April 10, 1974, the country received its unanimous constitution, which he described as a historic day.

He stated that April 10 was the beginning of our 50-year political struggle. Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto united the fractured and dispersed country in 1973 with a unanimous constitution, he added.

He stated that the 1973 Constitution provided the country with a path forward toward progress and constitutionalism.

He went on to say that in 2006, Shaheed Benazir Bhutto and Nawaz Sharif signed a charter of democracy (CoD), as undemocratic forces had previously exploited differences and communication gaps among political forces. The Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) not only restored the 1973 constitution in letter and spirit but also gave the rights of the provinces in addition to giving them their identity, he added.

However, the minister stated that undemocratic forces began conspiracies against CoD and imposed a chosen prime minister with the goal of repealing the unanimous constitution of 1973 and paving the way for the re-establishment of One Unit in the country.

However, Bilawal stated that some elements in various institutions were opposed to CoD and our unity. Such elements desired their preferred rule in the country, in addition to imposing a preferred rule for personal gain, he added.

He stated that they had a 10-year plan and that if that doctrine was followed, merit would be murdered in other institutions. One-man shows and dictatorship have always been antithetical to democracy, he added.

According to the minister, some judges have always opposed dictatorship and have issued dissenting opinions against the undemocratic step.

He regretted, however, that some judges who were obligated to defend the constitution sided with the dictator and issued decisions against the prime minister.

He urged the Chief Justice to convene with his brother judges and settle their differences in order to maintain the court’s integrity and dignity in the eyes of the public. He expressed confidence that the Apex Court’s consensus would withstand any plot to undermine the Constitution.

The minister stated that the incumbent finance minister was working hard to counter Imran Niazi’s economic attack.

Imran Khan had imposed the country’s economic and security crises solely to protect his rule, he added.

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