Execution of devolution process still facing resistance: Rabbani

KARACHI: “The mindset which did not want devolution as per the spirit of 18th constitutional, still resists the implementation of devolution and thus mindset exists across the board in every political party and military and civil bureaucracy,” said Senator Raza Rabbani on Monday.

The ministers whose perks and privileges are at stake through this amendment have started a propaganda against it, he said while addressing on the first day of 3-day workshop entitled “Media Course of Decentralized Development Governance,” organized by Council of Pakistan Newspaper Editors in cooperation with United Nations Development Programme.

“The success of 18th amendment was not achieved overnight but through a struggle under-the-table which built consensus. In fact oaths were taken to make it successful and confidential until the goal was accomplished,” said Rabbani.

He said strengthening of parliament is the guarantee for progress and prosperity of country. The fight between political parties and government had sabotaged the structure of the uplift of the country. Our political parties should become mature and tolerant, because if the system fails it would bring a big chaos, he said.

Senior Minister Sindh Nisar Ahmed Khuhro said the government has been in a process to implement the amendment since 2010 due to many hurdles being put forward.

“Sindh government is in the favor of holding local government elections but it is up to election commission to decide when these polls could be held,” he said.

He appreciated the role of media in highlighting the issues and said that media was ears and eyes for the government to understand many issues.

Advocate Akhter Hussain criticized non-commitment of political leaders and said that local bodies’ elections should be held to empower local governments and develop the country.

Editor The News, Aamir Zia said the 18th amendment was a ray of hope in the constitution of Pakistan, but its fruit could not reach people until LG election is held.

Secretary General Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF) Owais Aslam Ali said if we really wanted a change then media should make general public aware about the rights given to people through this amendment and shed the light on the issues needed to be solved.

Secretary General CPNE Jabbar Khattak said the recommendations made by the workshop would be communicated to the Higher Education Commission (HEC) with a request to include them in curriculum especially in media studies. “The 18th amendment to some extent has tried to address the lapse in the 1973 constitution,” he said.

Editor Daily Jang Nazir Leghari, Resident Editor Nawa-i-Waqt Saeed Khawar, Chief Editor Ibrat Group of Publications Kazi Asad Abid, resource person Zaigham Khan, senior reporter Daily Express News Syed Ashraf Ali, Executive Editor The Financial Daily Manzar Naqvi, Professor Rizvi Hassan, Baseer Ahmed of Pakistan Press International (PPI) and other senior journalists were also present.

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