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The country is passing through a crucial period and political forces need to shun their differences, says Rabbani.—APP/File
The country is passing through a crucial period and political forces need to shun their differences, says Rabbani.—APP/File

PESHAWAR: Senate Chairman Raza Rabbani has stressed the importance of dialogue among institutions to ensure supremacy of the Constitution and pull the country out of crises.

There is a need for a doctrine of dialogue among institutions, he said at the Mufti Mehmood Seminar organised here on Sunday by the JUI-Fazl.

He said the country was passing through a crucial period and political forces needed to shun their differences and strengthen the federation and federating units. He said the federation was under threat and “we should promote a culture of dialogue, otherwise, history will not forgive us”. Ominous clouds hovering over the federation, he said, required the political leadership to play its role.

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Senator Rabbani said he had recently taken an initiative in this direction and invited the chief justice of Pakistan to address the Senate. Military dictators pitted political parties against one another and institutions against each other to strengthen aristocracy.

There is lack of tolerance in the society and extremism is flourishing. He said the society needed tolerance and unity and should block the forces which promoted intolerance and extremism.

Describing the late Maulana Mufti Mehmood as a role model, Senator Rabbani said he had played a key role in framing the 1973 Constitution which was democratic, parliamentary and Islamic, and also ensured provincial autonomy to some extent. Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman, Qaumi Watan Party Chairman Aftab Ahmad Khan Sherpao, Awami National Party leader Ghulam Ahmad Bilour, the Jamaat-i-Islami’s Liaquat Baloch and PML-N’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa chief Pir Sabir Shah also eulogised the struggle waged by Mufti Mehmood.

Maulana Fazl said the 18th Constitutional Amendment was a major success of democratic forces.

About integrating the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata) into Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, he said tribesmen should first be repatriated to their homes before involving them in other issues.

Published in Dawn, November 9th, 2015

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Observer Nov 09, 2015 07:42am

RR has no credentials to lecture others!

In the line of roses Nov 09, 2015 07:46am

These days highlighted statements are coming from Senator Raza Rabbani,but he is forgetting the facts that these days Pakistan can be defined by a debilitating combination of stultifying corruption and bureaucratic inefficiency,and bad governance.Senator Sahab is also forgetting the proverb " You don't hit somebody on the head when you have your fingers between his teeth".Unfortunately these days long sermons of Senator Raza Rabbani could not impress the people of our,yes our motherland,land of ordinary people,not land of VIPs.

M Jamal Nov 09, 2015 09:10am

It would have been better RR had talked about end of corruption and people's welfare.We are fed up of hearing democracy.He must talk about more provinces and power to grass root level.

M Jamal Nov 09, 2015 09:14am

Sugar coating corruption in giving talk for democracy.You can't fool all the time.

Karachi91 Nov 09, 2015 09:27am

I reject Democracy in Pakistan

observer Nov 09, 2015 10:55am

An alliance to support corruption, to cover and hide corruption of each other and let the poor people suffer.

imran zaheer Nov 09, 2015 01:52pm

Supermacy of constitution lies in equality of citizens not for the rich n poor. Getting more benefits for ex parlimentarians and their families It is not supermacy rather degrading the constitution which says all citizens have equal right