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25 February | 2024

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Pakistan declares April 10 as ‘National Constitution Day’ to keep people united

PM Shehbaz Sharif calls Constitution of 1973 a source of inspiration and guidance for parliament, judiciary and executive in upholding principles of constitutionalism, rule of law and protection of human rights

The Golden Jubilee Convention, pledging to preserve, protect and defend the national constitution in letter and spirit, called upon the state organs to take all necessary measures to ensure its full implementation and safeguard the rights and interests of the people.

The resolution – presented by Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and unanimously adopted by the convention held at the National Assembly in Islamabad – emphasized importance of upholding principles of federalism as one of the fundamental tenets of the constitution. Before reading out the resolution, the prime minister paid tribute to the framers of the 1973 Constitution who set aside their political differences and got united for sake of Pakistan – an achievement to be remembered forever.

Calling April 10, 1973 an important day in the national history, he said despite multiple amendments made from time to time, the constitution was still a living document. Attended by the parliamentarians from both Houses of the parliament, legal and constitutional experts, educationists, and prominent figures from different fields of life, the convention also declared April 10, as the National Constitution Day, to be celebrated each year to commemorate the adoption of the Constitution of 1973 and to educate the people about the key national document and its significance.

‘A year ago, mainstream political parties formed a coalition government through a constitutional process despite challenges’

Prime Minister Shehbaz said the day also reminded the nation as how in 1955 the ‘doctrine of necessity’ was invented and how a chief justice of that time gave a three-year extension to a military dictator. He also recalled that a year ago, the political parties formed a coalition government through a constitutional process despite challenges inherited from the previous ruling elite. For sake of Pakistan, he said the coalition government took up the challenges and were putting in collective wisdom to steer the country out of tough conditions.

Shehbaz Sharif said though the allied parties would go into election on their respective manifestoes, while being part of the coalition government, they were united to save Pakistan. He saluted the framers of the constitution, congratulated the Parliamentary Committee on Constitutional Reforms headed by Senator Raza Rabbani and also National Assembly speaker for holding the convention to celebrate the 50 years of the 1973 Constitution which kept the nation united despite ethnic and political diversities.

Pakistan declares April 10 as ‘National Constitution Day’ to keep people united
Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif pays tribute to framers of 1973 Constitution who set aside their political differences and got united for sake of Pakistan – an achievement to be remembered forever.

The Convention reiterated that the national constitution was adopted on April 10, 1973, by the National Assembly, representing the will and aspirations of the people which reflected the vision of the founding fathers of Pakistan and embodied the principles of democracy, equality, freedom, and justice. The resolution called the Constitution of 1973 a source of inspiration and guidance for the parliament, judiciary and the executive in upholding the principles of constitutionalism, rule of law and protection of human rights.

The convention said the constitution had been amended over the years, incorporating the changing needs and aspirations of the people, and ensuring that the constitution remains a living document. The event called the Golden Jubilee of the Constitution an occasion to celebrate the resilience of the constitution and to reaffirm the nation’s commitment to the principles of democracy, rule of law, and human rights. The convention said that the constitution would continue to serve as a beacon of hope and a source of inspiration for generations to come.

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