PaK leaders for amending 1974 interim Act
NISAR AHMED THOKAR
Islamabad, Aug 30: The federal Minister for Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit Baltistan Mian Manzoor Ahmed Wattoo has said the Ministry of Kashmir Affairs and the mainstream political parties of PaK are on the same page on the issue of constitutional amendments in the interim Act of 1974.
Addressing a news conference after chairing a high profile meeting of Kashmiri leaders at his residence in Islamabad today the federal minister said that participants forged consensus on necessary amendments in the interim constitution so as to strengthen the local government.
He said that it was resolved that instead of establishing a new forum the respective parties should present their suggestions and recommendations to the All Parties Parliamentary Committee in the Legislative Assembly.
He said that the Committee would be accordingly tasked to chalk out a comprehensive document within a span of 60 days in line with the recommendations of all the political parties of the region.
“Once the document is finalized and it would be ratified by the central government and would be accordingly presented in the joint session of Kashmir Council and PaK Legislative Assembly for the final nod,” Wattoo said.
Stating that his party believes in decentralization of powers the KA minister made it absolutely clear that the central government particularly the PPP leadership wants to empower Kashmiri people in every respect.
Referring to 18th, 19th and 20th constitution amendments he said that these amendments were adopted with absolute consensus amongst all the stakeholders and likewise he added that the government wants to forge broad based consensus to make necessary amendments in the interim constitution of PaK. Wattoo also thanked heads of all the political parties for their participation in the conference.
Speaking on the occasion, opposition leader and the former prime minister of PaK, Raja Farooq Hyder said that there were so many intriguing issues between the two governments, which he said should be resolved peacefully through dialogue. He said that if their legitimate demands were not fulfilled his party would go to any extent to get the basic democratic and constitutional rights.
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