Pakistan’s President Dr. Arif Alawi has said that it would be better if the 18th amendment was reconsidered, but Asif Ali Zardari, the leader of the Pakistan People’s Party and former President of Pakistan, has warned that interfering in the amendment would be an attack on the federation.
In an interview with Geo TV, Dr. Arif Alawi, President of Pakistan, said that changes in the 18th Amendment to the Constitution were common at all times and differences in the distribution of resources were common.
He said the government had not yet received any proposal to extend the powers of Sindh province, but last month Prime Minister Imran Khan had told the media in Karachi that the 18th amendment had given the chief minister as much power as a military order. Review is essential.
Meanwhile, Asif Ali Zardari, former president of Pakistan and leader of the People’s Party, said that some people dream of completing the 18th amendment but their dreams will never come true.
In a statement, Asif Ali Zardari said, “The provinces have gained independence through the 18th amendment and this amendment was an agreement between the federation and the provinces, so interfering in it would be tantamount to attacking the federation.”
He said that all institutions in the country should respect the parliament as the parliament is the largest body and every individual and institution has a constitutional responsibility to respect the parliament.
The 18th Amendment to the Constitution of Pakistan was introduced in the People’s Party government in the year 2010, which not only gave more powers to provinces but also ended many amendments to the constitution under the rule of military commanders. One is that the president has the power to dissolve parliament.
Prime Minister Imran Khan is of the view that the PPP government has hastily included some points in the 18th Amendment, which now needs to be reconsidered.
But most opposition political parties, including the People’s Party, oppose interference in the amendment, warning the government that changes to the 18th Amendment would have dire consequences for the country.