ISLAMABAD, Oct 12(APP): Chairman Senate Mian Raza Rabbani sa¬id that the pivot for all in-stitutions functioni¬ng through or under the Constitution, 19¬73, is the Parliament of Pakistan. All institutions are su¬bservient to the law and constitution of the country. He opined that Parli-ament is to the Fede¬ration of Pakistan as is the Jugular vein to the body. He said that if we cut the jugular vein aga¬in and again, it wou¬ld be like decapitat¬ing the federation. It is imperative upon Parliament to play a historically sign¬ificant role in order to overcome the in¬ternal and external challenges faced by the country; this in¬stitution has to be transparent and deli¬ver so that people own it.
He regretted that the country has suffer¬ed at the hands of dictatorship for prol¬onged periods while the role of democracy has been of mere recreational intervals for an entertainme¬nt film. Every time democracy aimed to entrench its hold in the polit¬ical process of the country, dictatorship usurped its right to do so, making dem¬ocracy a shameful st¬opgap arrangement for dictatorial regime¬s. The institutions were never strengthe¬ned and constitution¬al supremacy never established- a fallout effect that contin¬ues till date.
The Chairman express¬ed these views at a ceremony here Thursday to give away the Pride of Pakis¬tan Award, on behalf of National Press Club, to Nisar Naasik, the composer of fa¬mous song “Dil Dil Pakistan”.
The Chairman Senate grie¬ved that by consciously isolating ourselves from our history, collective struggle for democracy and national heroes we have plunged our society to this pitiable poi¬nt of decline. This deliberate di-vorce has led writers like Nisar Nasik, Habib Jalib, Faiz Ah¬med Faiz and John El¬ia into shadows of forgetfulness. He str¬essed that alternati¬ve narratives were not developed in Mini¬stries or in Rawalpi¬ndi but they were ge-rminated when poets and thinkers like Ni¬sar Naasik write to enlighten the people, but we put an end to this process. He passionately remarked that it was us who called to annihilate such talent from the country and he was chagrined at the fact that the state failed to appreciate assets like Nisar Na¬asik. He said that he had witnessed the deplorable conditions of Habib Jalib, cl¬early implying that we live in an uncivi¬lized society, negli¬gent of our national heritage.
Even with the passage of 70 years, our state and society is lost in visionless oblivion, vainly look¬ing for their way ou¬t.
When the people revo¬lted against the Ayub Khan Regime, the elites worked together to trace the facto¬rs that crushed the regime into cinders. It was then that the elitist state cons-pired to obliterate the “Coffee House” culture to suppress birth of national con¬sciousness and to pr¬oduce a generation drunk in elitist narr¬atives.
It was the state that sowed the seed of radicalism in the un¬iversities by discou¬raging progressive ideology, thinkers and poets alike. It was the state that int¬roduced ban on stude¬nt unions; the Progr¬essive Thinkers Union and Labour Unions but the religious ex¬tremist parties were given free hand in the universities. And as a result we env¬isaged lack of toler¬ance and radicalism in the society.
The way the state victimized these thin¬king elements of the society, it also ta¬rgeted to disturb the smooth running of institutions disrupt the process of demo¬cracy.