13 June | 2024

Lahore, Pakistan

Constitution App to raise awareness among public about rights, duties

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif says knowledge of constitution will lead to greater ownership and more informed public discourse around constitutional matters

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has said that constitution mobile app is an innovative idea that will go a long way in raising people’s awareness about their rights and duties as citizens.

“Knowledge of constitution, especially among youth, will lead to greater ownership and more informed public discourse around constitutional matters,” he said in a tweet. The mobile application has been developed by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting in collaboration with the National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA).

The application will act as a digital source to help raise awareness among the general public about the national constitution. Addressing the launching of the constitution mobile application in Islamabad, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif felicitated National Assembly Speaker Raja Pervez Ashraf, Minister for Information Marriyum Aurangzeb, Minister for Interior Rana Sanaullah, parliamentarians, and NADRA officials on the mobile application.

He said that Pakistan was currently at the crossroads of the constitutional challenges, which required a sense of wholeness to be demonstrated by the state institutions. He said that it was time for the state institutions to get united for upholding the constitution and keeping the national interest supreme.

He said that the constitution had its roots in the parliament. According to the world-recognized concept, the judiciary can only interpret the law, but cannot re-write it, he said. “It does not happen anywhere in the world that a court issues a stay order against a legislation which is still in the making,” he pointed out.

Shehbaz Sharif appreciates decision to include 1973 Constitution in syllabus at school and college levels as remarkable

The prime minister urged the judiciary to reassess its role and become the protector of the constitution. He said that the 1973 Constitution was the result of the hard toil of the politicians from all backgrounds, who arrived at a consensus in formulation of the sacred document.

He recalled that veteran politicians, including Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, Khan Abdul Wali Khan, Mufti Mehmood, and others rose above their political differences to write a constitution that acted as a binding force for the federation. He said that although politicians made mistakes in the past, but it was a time to rectify them.

“We have indeed learned a lesson and we are making efforts to take Pakistan out of these problems,” he said. “Great people learn from their mistakes and hold the national interest high.” He said that the government took over in difficult time, however, it would not hesitate in protecting the state and the constitution.

Shehbaz Sharif said the decision to include 1973 Constitution in the syllabus at school and college levels was remarkable in raising awareness about its sanctity. He expressed the hope that the young generation would learn about the constitution and healthy academics debates would be held at educational institutions.

Addressing the gathering, Minister for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb said that Pakistan had achieved a major milestone by integrating the constitution in educational curriculum on the occasion of its golden jubilee.

She said the curriculum does not only include basic components of democracy but also highlights importance and values of the difference of opinion. “It is imperative to explain the importance of the constitution to the people, as this national document is a guarantor of their rights.” She said it was important to sensitize masses about the constitution and its importance in their life.