Weekly Bang-e-Sahar Karachi Saturday, August 16—-August 22, 2008
By DJ Mathal
ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) has announced that soon after the impeachment of President Pervez Musharraf, it will start implementing the Charter of Democracy along with its coalition partner, the PPP, and would ensure all constitutional rights for Gilgit-Baltistan.
The issue of providing all basic rights to Gilgit-Baltistan has been mentioned in the Charter. This was stated by PML-N leader Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan during a meeting with PML-N Northern Areas president Hafiz Hafizur Rehman. Sardar Mehtab Ahmed Khan, Sardar Yaqub Khan Nasir and former Punjab Chief Minister Dost Mohammad Khosa were also present on the occasion.
Chaudhry Nisar tld Mr Rehman in the meeting held at the Punjab House that the package announced for the region by Gen Musharraf was a farce and the package the PMNL-N was envisaging would at least meet all the basic requirements to strengthen true democracy. He said the Legislative Assembly would be given powers and it would not be subservient to any authority but would be responsible to the masses only.
Later, talking to Bang-e-Sahar, Mr Hafiz said he had told the party leadership that the package should ensure powers to all the institutions of the region, so that they could perform their functions in a free manner. There should be rule of law and everyone should get justice.
He said now people understand very well that when the constitution of a country is put at abeyance or suspended for a while what happens to the basic rights of the citizens. In that prospect when we look at the situation in Gilgit-Baltistan, the people of the region have been living without a constitution and basic rights for the last over 60 years. He said he was proud of his leader Mian Nawaz Sharif that he did not deviate from his stand and a day came when Asif Ali Zardari also decided to follow his policies.