Pak never to permit undermining of parliament: Zardari
21 June, 2012
ISLAMABAD: President Asif Ali Zardari said on Wednesday that the people of Pakistan would never permit undermining of parliament under different pretexts and they know how to ensure the supremacy of parliament and the constitution.
He said, "The era of packing the parliament through the back door by using the defunct Article 58 (2) (b) is over for all times and no back doors and side doors will be allowed to be reopened for sending the elected parliaments home. Our people will also not suffer a destiny thrusted upon them by militants and extremists in the name of religion or in any other name," he added.
The president said this in his message on the 59th birth anniversary of Benazir Bhutto, which falls today (Thursday).
President Zardari said, "On the eve of her 59th birthday I wish to reiterate our commitment to the values of supremacy of the parliament and the constitution and the building of a modern, egalitarian and pluralistic society in which everyone is allowed opportunity to help shape his or her own destiny—values for which she stood and fought for and when the time came even laid down her life for it."
He said Benazir Bhutto led from the front the battle for democracy against all sorts of Bonapartes and terrorists.
"She believed in a moderate and pluralistic Pakistan where ballot determined the ultimate choice of the people and where the house elected by the people representing their will was supreme."
Zardari said Benazir Bhutto also fought courageously against the terrorists bent upon forcing their ideological agenda on the people through brute force.
"As she shed her blood in the fight against terrorism and for the supremacy of the parliament and the constitution I ask the Party workers to donate blood on this day for all those who have also shed their blood or suffered otherwise for Pakistan. On her birthday let us recall the advice she gave to the people a few weeks before her assassination: 'Please continue the fight against extremism, dictatorship, poverty and ignorance'," the president said.