PPP HR Cell recalls 'achievements' of Zardari
07 September, 2013
ISLAMABAD: The PPP Human Rights Cell, while paying tribute to the President Asif Ali Zardari, recalled that he would stand out in the history as the first president who strengthened the federation and stabilised democracy in Pakistan.
The Human Rights Central Coordinator Dr Nafisa Shah stated that, "Through 18th amendment, the parliamentary form of government was restored, and federalism promoted through Aghaz e Huqooq-e-Balochistan renaming of NWFP province, and NFC Award. Further, Gilgit Baltistan laws and bringing political parties to FATA will be remembered as steps to strengthen the federation."
The Human Rights Cell also commended the important role played by the parliament with the stewardship of the president. "No elected government ever finished its term in Pakistan's history except the last one. Despite several economic and security challenges, the parliament was strengthened, many laws were passed, especially rights based laws strengthening fundamental rights in the country, providing for an independent judiciary and independent election commission" it was noted.
The cell members further stated that President Zardari's legacy marked by a new political culture free from horse-trading or victimisation emerged, which it is hoped will close doors for any military intervention in the future.
The president's policy of reconciliation kept the minority government together for five years through coalition building and keeping all parties in the loop on issues of national security, marked by consensus building at every step.
Perhaps these legacies explain why this is the only President to have addressed the parliament six times, the cell statement added.