Ejazul Haq challenges the 18th amendment

Ejaz-ul-Haq, the son of the former military dictator Zia-ul-Haq, challenged some portions of 18th Amendment in the Supreme Court on Thursday including renaming of NWFP as Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa .

Speaking to the media at the Supreme Court in Islamabad, Ejaz blasted the government and said that a party chief should not be allowed to dismiss the prime minister.

He also objected to the set-up of the commission to appoint judges.

He said that the current assembly has no mandate to change the basic structures under the 1973 constitution.

Ejaz claimed that the acts of his father were a part of Pakistan’s history and could not be erased through an act of Parliament.

He said that an attempt has been made to erase democracy from parties through the 18th amendment by abolishing the intra party election clause.

“No Party has discussed 18 amendment bill in its central working committee meeting. The rubber stamp Parliament are still acting on the directives of President Asif Ali Zardari”, he said. The incumbent Parliament has disfigured the constitution instead of reviving it, he said.

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