Nawaz Sharif renews commitment to implement Bilawal Bhutto’s Charter of Democracy

ISLAMABAD, April 24 ( Alliance News): In London, PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif and Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari met in London and agreed to implement the incomplete provisions of the Charter of Democracy (COD).

According to details, the Charter of Democracy was signed by both parties almost 16 years ago and a roadmap for the future was finalized by consensus of all democratic forces.

According to a statement issued by the PPP, both Nawaz Sharif and Bilawal Bhutto Zardari discussed “ways forward” after the constitutional victory for democracy, rule of law and supremacy of parliament.

The statement said that the meeting discussed the completion of the work left unfinished in the Charter of Democracy and the formulation of a comprehensive roadmap for the future by consensus of all democratic forces.

The statement added that it was also agreed that a high-level meeting was needed to find a way forward.

He said that the people of Pakistan have suffered a lot due to unprecedented incompetence and mismanagement of PTI, these issues need to be addressed.

A statement issued by the PPP said, “The common goal is to work for the betterment of the economy in stages. Imran Khan has pushed the country to the brink of crisis.”

He said that the system has to be fixed after the terrible mistakes on foreign policy and selfish trade as well as attacks on the democratic system of the country.

The 36-point Charter of Democracy was signed by both the parties in London in May 2006 when Nawaz Sharif and former PPP chairperson Benazir Bhutto were living in exile during the military rule of retired General Pervez Musharraf in the country.

Through the document, both parties acknowledged their past mistakes in overthrowing each other’s governments with the support of the Establishment and pledged to respect each other’s mandate in the future.

An important provision of the Charter of Democracy which was not taken seriously by both the PPP and the PML-N was related to the formation of a Federal Constitutional Court to resolve constitutional issues.

According to this provision, all the federal units in the Federal Constitutional Court whose members will be judges or who are qualified to be judges of the Supreme Court will be given equal representation. This court will be constituted for a period of 6 years.

After the formation of the Constitutional Court, the scope of work of the Supreme Court and High Courts will be limited to regular hearing of civil and criminal cases.

Despite being in power for five full years after the signing of the Charter of Democracy, both the PML-N and the PPP ignored the establishment of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

One of the aims of the proposed commission was to “recognize state-sponsored persecution, targeted legislation, and politically motivated accountability.”

According to the relevant provision of the Charter of Democracy, a Truth and Reconciliation Commission should be set up to recognize torture, imprisonment, state-sponsored persecution, targeted legislation and politically motivated accountability.

It added that the commission would “review and report on the results of military coups and the civilian removal of governments since 1996”.

In addition, the Commission will make its recommendations in the light of events such as Kargil and, after reviewing the reasons, will determine those responsible.

Political stimulus NAB Leaders of both parties openly admitted that a mistake had been made by not abolishing the notorious National Accountability Bureau.

In the Charter of Democracy, both parties agreed to set up an independent National Accountability Commission to replace the “politically motivated” NAB.

There is another important clause in the Charter of Democracy which is missing from the eyes of both the parties. Providing support for capacity building.

The leaders of both parties admitted that they had made some mistakes in the past, but claimed that they had respected the most important provision of the Charter of Democracy which stated that either party was elected with the connivance of anti-democratic forces. It will not be a tool to overthrow the government.

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