ISLAMABAD: According to present programme, the Constitution Bill will be adopted tomorrow [April 10] by the National Assembly which began its third reading today. The President, Mr Z.A. Bhutto, will address the House tomorrow to mark the historic occasion. After the President’s address and the adoption of the Constitution Bill, the House is likely to adjourn sine die. The Law Minister, Mr Abdul Hafeez Peerzada, announcing the schedule for the concluding session tomorrow, told the House this evening, that the session will start at 10 a.m. — Special Representative

[Meanwhile, our Special Representative adds from Islamabad,] the United Democratic Front, in a rejoinder to President Bhutto’s aide memoire of April 4, today [April 9] said the Opposition members of the National Assembly had boycotted the Constitution-making because they wanted “a parliamentary form of Government and not the Prime Minister’s dictatorship”.

The 30-page rejoinder, released by the Front’s President, Pir Pagaro, said the Opposition parties had failed in their efforts to get for the country an acceptable permanent Constitution “because one man stands in the way of the people, their rights and a proper Constitution”.

Published in Dawn, April 10th, 2023

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