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Parliament considered centre of democracy in parliamentary system: Qasim Soori

ISLAMABAD: Enlightening the importance of the legislative body, National Assembly Deputy Speaker Qasim Khan Soori has said that parliament is considered as centre of democracy in the parliamentary system. While addressing the inaugural ceremony of 5th National Parliamentary Development Course (NPDC) at PIPS on Monday, Qasim Khan Soori said that parliament is an important constitutional institution for legislation and public representation. The deputy speaker said that parliament is orbit of expectations of the people of…

Stability of institutions, not personalities crucial for democracy: Siraj

LAHORE: Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) Ameer Siraj-ul-Haq on Monday said stability of institutions was more important than individual persons for the sake of democracy in the country, ARY News reported. "The political parties doing politics in the name of clans, linguists and personalities are real impediments before democracy," he said while talking to a JI delegation from central Punjab led by Ameer-ul-Azeem in Mansoorah. He said the parties having tyrannical thought had sabotaged democracy. He said for the sake of democratic…

CJP Nisar vows to resist moves against democracy

LAHORE: Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar on Saturday said democracy is the only system which protects fundamental rights of people. Speaking at a conference called to pay a tribute to late lawyer and human rights campaigner Asma Jahangir, he stressed: “Democracy, democracy and democracy is the best system for Pakistan.” He said no anti-democratic steps would be acceptable. He lauded the services of Asma Jahangir for well-being of the country and downtrodden segment of society. He said her spirit was…

Completion of ten years of democracy good omen for country: Marriyum

ISLAMABAD: Minister for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb on Wednesday said completion of ten years of democracy in the country was a good omen. "The democracy strengthens the system of the country and its continuity is very essential in this regard," she said while addressing at a roundtable meeting on strengthening skills titled 'A National Investment for Tackling Youth Unemployment' in Islamabad. She said our youth was our big asset but if it would not be used then this asset will become a liability.…

Zardari reiterates to protect democracy, provincial autonomy at all costs

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Peoples Party co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari on Tuesday reiterated the commitment to uphold democracy, citizen’s freedoms and autonomy of the federating units. The former president released a statement on the eve of 39th martyrdom anniversary of former Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto. Zardari stated that Bhutto gave the country a consensus Constitution based on the principles of respect for human rights and autonomy of federating units. Furthermore, the PPP unanimously government gave the 18th…

Democracy is key to continued development and stability: President Mamnoon Hussain

ISLAMABAD: President Manmoon Hussain has said that democracy is the key to the continued development and stability of the country. In a message on the occasion of Pakistan Day, the president said this day is also a vivid reminder that Pakistan was established through a democratic struggle. President Hussain felicitated the nation on the auspicious occasion, and said March 23 is an important landmark in the history of our nation. It was on this day in 1940 when the historic Lahore Resolution was passed which united the…

Facebook acknowledges social media’s risks to democracy

Facebook acknowledged Monday that widespread use of social media can be harmful to democracy, while pledging to work to minimize these risks. The world's biggest social network's comments were the latest response to persistent criticism for its role in allowing the spread of misinformation, reinforcing "filter bubbles" and facilitating harassment of dissidents and activists. "Now, we're as determined as ever to fight the negative influences and ensure that our platform is unquestionably a source for democratic good,"…

Shahbaz blasts opponents for doing ‘politics of division’

LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif on Friday slammed detractors of Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) government, urging them not to sow the seeds of the politics of division. He was speaking to Pashtunkhwa Milli Awami Party (PkMAP) chief Mehmood Khan Achakzai, who called on him here today to discuss prevailing political situation in the country. The two leaders resolved to work together to strengthen democratic polity in the country. Highlighting the significance of democracy, the chief minister said…

Gen Bajwa said he believes in democracy, army is a state institution

QUETTA: Chief of Army Staff General Qammar Javed Bajwa on Thursday said that he believes in democracy and even more so in the democratic values of selfless service and supremacy of moral authority. Gen. Bajwa said the army is a state institution meant to serve the nation, and shall continue to perform its role while national security and development remains a national obligation for all state institutions. “All of us have a duty to the nation,” said Gen. Bajwa addressing a seminar as the key note speaker. Several…