South Asians for Human Rights

Promoting Democracy, Upholding Human Rights

The 21st session of the 13th Constituent Assembly of Pakistan continued for seven working days. The session commenced on April 1, 2010 and ended on 9th of the same month. Business conducted during the House proceedings includes legislation, call attention notices on public issues, motions and resolutions.

In this month, the parliament unanimously passed The Constitution (Eighteenth Amendment) Bill, 2010 which is now being regarded as the most important development regarding the constitution of Pakistan made with full consensus. Pakistan’s democratic system has been derailed several times due to martial laws and military interventions that have also caused changes in the 1973 constitution of Pakistan. The non democratic regime particularly of former President General (Retd) Pervaiz Musharaf that came into power at different times centralized all authority and thus altered the structure of the constitution from a parliamentary form to quasi presidential form of government through the eighth and seventeenth amendment.

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