Islamabad, March 21, 2017 (PPI-OT):Chairman Senate Mian Raza Rabbani, while addressing participants of training programme on Parliamentary studies Institute for Parliamentary Services (PIPS) on Tuesday, said that Parliament has not been given due role on matters related to defence , National Security , foreign and nuclear policies since inception and these domains are being strictly controlled by the civil military bureaucracy thus creating an impression that Parliament is incapable and inapt to the fast changing national and regional scenario. He said that the future of Pakistan lies in true participatory federalism as envisaged by the Quaid-e-Azam in his speech to the Constituent Assembly.
While replying to various questions Mian Raza Rabbani termed it unfortunate that the concept of welfare state was overwhelmed by the National Security or a garrison state and the role of Parliament was marginalized by giving an impression that the Parliament is no more than a debating club and the politicians enjoy privileges. He said that civil – military bureaucracy wants to cling to power and the younger generation was made to believe to remain either apolitical or become worst to the politics.
He said that the curricula books of different classes mention less about the constitutional history and have unfortunately glorified the military dictatorships. The Senate of Pakistan on 10 April, 2015 passed resolution to make efforts for incorporating the constitutional history in the curricula. “Letters were sent to the provincial Chief Ministers and the Prime Minister but to no avail” Raza Rabbani remarked. He stated that the Senate of Pakistan took the initiative itself and an exercise was carried out to review the curriculum books and surprisingly all the books hand no specific mention about democracy or constitutional history.
He proposed to the PIPS to initiate such programme for the matric level as well to change the thinking of the younger generation towards democracy and democratic system. He said that the Senate of Pakistan has signed MOUs with different universities and has initiated a “Clerks of the Parliament” programme. He said that Institutional linkages, like other progressive countries, were developed between the parliament and the universities to acquaint the students with legislative process and senate secretariat also benefited from the fresh commitment and passion of the interns.
He also informed the participants about the intra institutional dialogue among provinces started by the Senate of Pakistan. The Chief Justice of Pakistan, for the first time in the history of Pakistan addressed the Committee of the Whole. He underscored the need for intra institutional dialogue to rid the country of the quagmire of uncertainty and put the country on the track towards a welfare state. He said that the Parliament has been transparent and benefits of democracy need to reach at the grass root level to make people believe that Parliament truly reflects the wishes and aspirations of the people.
He expressed the hope that such fruitful interactions and training sessions would go a long way in shaping the country’s future as a true participatory democracy. Mian Raza Rabbani expressed his well wishes to the participants of the course and appreciated PIPS in this regard. Earlier, ED PIPS Zafarullah Khan briefed about the purpose of the training on parliamentary studies. He said that faculty members from different educational institutes of Pakistan are participating in the training course title “Training of Trainers” to engage faculty members of universities.
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