The 18th amendment is quite into business these days and the ministers of the ruling party (PTI) have expressed their concerns for a number of times over its authorities and content and hinted reversal or repeal of the said amendment. The Federal Minister of planning and development, Asad Umar after pointing out some defects in the 18th Amendment mentioned that it should have been reviewed again. PM Imran Khan repeatedly said that he had issue with the 18th Amendment that gave undue independence and autonomy to the provinces for making decisions. So 18th Amendment has become the talk of the town now-a-days and media has focused this hot issue.
“No reversal or repeal in 18th Amendment will be tolerated”, opposition warned
The opposition parties on the other hand bashed the Ministers of PTI for passing controversial remarks about the 18th Amendment and expressed their unity to protect the sovereignty and autonomy that the said amendment granted to the provinces and warned the government to stay away from the fire that they are trying to play with.
Although the Foreign Minister, Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Monday negated any move from the Government to repeal the 18th Amendment, he however at the same time urged the provinces to sit with the Center to address the issues of its implementation. He explained that the amendment needed a serious and close review to make provinces independent in such a way that they would not need to look towards the center in any calamity for directions and decisions.
The official handout of the media center of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) read that Maulana Fazal-ur-Rehman discussed the whole scenario with Bilawal Bhutto and both the leaders pledged to safeguard and protect the 18th Amendment. Sources also claimed that Maulana Fazal also discussed the matter with Shehbaz Sharif and the leaders of some other opposition parties to formulate a joint plan of action in this regard.
Bilalwal Bhutto while challenging the Government’s narrative said that it were the democratic parties that struggled hard to restore the constitution into its original form and there would be no compromise on the supremacy of the constitution at all. He further added that any step to repeal or reverse the 18th Amendment would be countered by the democratic forces with full force and energy. Bilawal said that the situation had been getting worse day by day amid the fatal outbreak of Corona Virus and the Government was busy in making things controversial in terms of tempering the Constitution in this time of crisis.
“Center is trying to sabotage the efforts of Sindh against Covid-19”, Bilawal alleged
In an interview with BBC earlier in the day, Bilawal blamed that the measures adopted by the Sindh Government against Covid-19 were praised and acknowledged at national and international level but the Federal Government, instead of collaborating with the provincial governments, was trying its best to rupture the efforts of Sindh Government. He further added that the Center could not spare itself from devising a concrete strategy to cope with the Covid-19 across the country and it should lead from the front to make and own their decisions in the time of national crisis rather than blaming the 18th Amendment.