Experts stress need for national unity

KARACHI: Experts on Tuesday called all provinces to come on the same page for becoming a united nation.

They were speaking at a conference entitled “Federalism: Model CCI” organized by Siedel Foundation Islamabad in collaboration with Department of Political Sciences, University of Karachi at the University’s Campus.

Chairperson of Political Science Dept Dr Samina Saeed said that all the provinces must be on same page for becoming a united nation. Federalism has remained an integral part of Pakistan’s constitutional history and it was indeed an only federal state which had a long distance with its provinces. She said, 1973 constitution was based on federal parliamentary form of government but due to regular military coups, its parliamentary nature was transformed. 8th Amendment transformed it into a presidential form of government while the 1985 non-party based Assembly ratified this amendment and made the Presidency centre of powers. President had the powers of dismissal of the PM, assemblies and appointment of Governors and Army Chief. This amendment resulted in dismissal of 4 democratic government in the era of 1990’s which led to political instability.

Dean Faculty of Social Sciences Prof Dr Moonis Ahmar congratulated the students and the Dept. of Political Science for holding this Simulation Exercise and termed it pivotal in the context of current country’s political scenario. He advised the students to develop their research skills as that’s very essential for their academic growth.

Dr Ali said that 18th Amendment revived the true structure of federal parliamentary form of government and strengthening federal form of government. It provided provincial economic autonomy for the first time to the provinces which will lead to a strong federation.

Students presented their policies on education, health, women empowerment and natural resources sectors which were highly appreciated by the jury and the faculty members.

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