Parliament no longer rubber stamp: Gilani

Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani has said the approval of the 18th amendment by the National Assembly has proved that it is no longer rubber stamp but sovereign.

Addressing the National Assembly’s session, Prime Minister said that when he became the MNA for the first time it was claimed that the House could not be sovereign and it was nothing but a rubber stamp even in 1988 and 1999 people said that same about parliament but today it is proved that House was sovereign and not a rubber stamp.

In February 2008’s general elections it was their mandate to make this house sovereign, PM said.

He said that they have practiced the politics of reconciliation and they have ensured the sovereignty of the parliament while the whole nation was united for this.

Prime Minister said all the amendments made by the dictator have been abolished and parliament has done its job. He said the vision of Quaid-e-Azam, Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto and Mian Nawaz Sharif has been achieved. Now parliament has been made sovereign and Charter of Democracy also has been implemented, Prime Minister said.

Prime Minister Gilani further said it was not the end of the world there were so many issues which needed their attention and they would be able to overcome these issues soon. He added that they were trying to steer the country in the right direction while with the guidance of media and opposition they would try to improve the performance of the government.

He said the goal of founding father of the constitution was to empower the people of Pakistan adding that with the help of the house they would do their level best for the solution of every problem.

PM welcomed sweeping constitutional reforms approved by the National Assembly and declared that parliament is now sovereign.”The impossible has been made possible by the house today,” he added.

The unanimous passage of the 18th Amendment proves parliament is not rubber stump,” he concluded.

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