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1973 Constitution guarantor of federation, says Bilawal

KARACHI: Chairman Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Bilawal Bhutto Zardari on Tuesday stated that the Constitution of 1973 was a guarantor of the federation — which unifies all the federating units.

“The dictatorial regimes had defaced the original Constitution of 1973,” he said in a message on the 45th Constitution Day.

The PPP chairman said before and after returning from exile on April 10, 1986, former prime minister Benazir Bhutto waged a valiant struggle for the restoration of the democracy and the constitution.

She was imprisoned in solitary confinement and thousands of PPP workers suffered physical atrocities by the dictatorial regimes, he said.

He also paid tributes to former PM Zulfikar Ali Bhutto for gifting the nation its unanimous social contract.

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Bilawal Zardari said that it was again the PPP government led by former president Asif Ali Zardari who restored the 1973 Constitution into its original shape through the 18th Amendment sacrificing his own presidential powers.

He said that his party would not allow any attempts to touch the 18th amendment and urged for implementation of all the provisions without any delay.

The PPP leader said that the constitution of Pakistan enshrined equal rights to all its citizens and had carved out role for every institution without any ambiguity.

“It is the responsibility of whole nation and its institutions to protect the constitution and follow it to achieve the dreams of the founding father of Pakistan,” he said.

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