Pakistan can become strong only by following democratic, legal path: Pervaiz Rashid

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Pervaiz Rashid condoles with Altaf Qureshi

ISLAMABAD, Aug 26 (APP): Minister for Information,
Broadcasting and National Heritage Senator Pervaiz Rashid said on Friday that Pakistan could only be strengthened by following democratic and legal path.
Talking to APP here, the minister said that accountability
through the vote was a lesson for the political parties, as politics of emotional slogans had weakened the country and focus had been shifted towards improving life of the people.
The people would vote for a party, if they believed that it had
delivered during its rule, he said adding the standard of liking and disliking would be changed.
He said that now the Pakistan governments are
coming to power through the power of vote and completing their five year tenures, which is strengthening the roots of democracy.
The effects of undemocratic rules and martial laws had waned and the issues which could not be highlighted in the past were being given attention.
During the dictatorial rules, some institutions crossed their
constitutional limits, which created problems but now they had realized that for strengthening of the system it was necessary that all institutions should remain within their constitutional ambit, he added.
The minister said that the institutions could not return to their ambit within a day, rather it was a gradual process and took time.
He said that the democratic system could not be strengthened by any injection or vitamins, but through democratic and legal course.
He said that two largest parties of the country PPP and PML N had signed the Charter of Democracy and other parties also endorsed it.
He said that confrontation between the two parties led to use of Article 58 2 B and imposition of martial law in the past, but now one government had completed its five year term while the other was going to complete its term in 2018.
He said that on the other hand a political leadership which
had not undergone such tragedies, was trying to destabilize the system. He said that masses in the coming elections would vote for only those parties which resolved their problems.
He said that with the political stability in the country,the
role of the establishment had also changed. He said with the support of the government, the armed forces had launched operation against terrorism which was going on very successfully.
About Panama Leaks, he said that the government and other political parties wanted to do legislation on the issue.
All political parties should adopt legislation to make
corruption impossible, and make the system transparent and corruption free and this would be best course of accountability.
He said that in 2013 general election, the people of Pakistan voted for the PML N and if they were satisfied with its performance they would again vote for it. He said that several mega projects had been launched but their results were yet to come, and in the next election campaign they would be highlighted.
He said that in 2018 new government would come as during past ten years sanctity of vote had been recognized.
He said in the past as well different parties remained in
power at the Centre and the provinces,but now coordination was better than the past, though there were some complaints.
He said that during Ayub era,there was one party rule in the
country but opposition movement was there, while Bhutto’s party got foothold in all the four provinces, but he could not achieve the desired political harmony in the country.
Analyzing the problems being faced by the country, he said
that after overcoming the scourge of terrorism, extremism, sectarianism and linguistic divisions, there were signs of improvement in the country.
He said that economy had stabilized, foreign countries’ trust
had increased, national festivals are being celebrated with fervour.
He said that the political threats created by the armed wings
of political parties had been effectively controlled and its recent example was separation of MQM from the militant approach and return to its constitutional role, which was outcome of democratic approach.
The minister said that now the cities no longer close on strike calls and those achievements were made following political, democratic, legal and constitutional path.
If this journey continued, problems of the people related to
food, transport, employment and education would be resolved and their life style would improve, and Pakistan would become a welfare state, as envisioned by Quaid e Azam and Allama Iqbal.
He said that it had been accepted that state became strong if the institutions were strengthened and judiciary and the Parliament became more independent and perform their constitutional duties in a more constructive and better manner.
He said that instead of new experiments, consensus had been created to follow the trusted path to resolve the problems of masses and all institutions and political forces had accepted that fact.