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Raza Rabbani in tears: 'Ashamed to vote against conscience'

Updated January 06, 2015
PPP Senator Raza Rabbani. -File Photo
PPP Senator Raza Rabbani. -File Photo

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Senator Raza Rabbani was in tears on Tuesday after voting in the upper house on the 21st Constitutional Amendment for setting up military courts in the country.

Rabbani said that he voted on the amendment against his own conscience, adding that he had never felt more ashamed in his life.

“I have been in the Senate for more than 12 years, but have never been as ashamed as I am today and I cast my vote against my conscience,” said the PPP leader.

The senator said the vote that he had cast in support of the amendment was on the PPP's behalf.

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Rabbani had recently said that parliament has had the honour of not validating illegal acts of military dictators in the past, but was now “taking its last breath”.

He has been of the view that after the passage of the 21st Amendment bill, the constitution would no more remain “pure”.

Rabbani has been among the more prominent PPP leaders who have criticised the party's decision to support the establishment of military courts.