Gilani wants Pakistan to emulate Indian democracy

Last Updated: Monday, February 6, 2012 - 21:56

Islamabad: Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani
cited India`s flourishing democracy and its "stark difference"
from Pakistan as he lamented that no elected government had
been allowed to complete its term in his country.

Highlighting the importance of maintaining democracy in
Pakistan, Gilani said the completion of parliament`s term is
in the interest of the country but conspiracies were being
hatched against his government to prevent the holding of
elections to the Senate next month.

Pakistan and India were created on the same date but there
was a "stark difference in how they have continued" with their
democratic systems, Gilani told reporters on the sidelines of
an official function in the federal capital.

For a long time, not a single government in Pakistan was
allowed to complete its term, he remarked.

This had led to a spate of problems for Pakistan and the
completion of parliament`s term is in the interest of the
country, he said.

Gilani said "lots of conspiracies" were being hatched to
disrupt the polls to the Senate or upper house of parliament
and the government had faced lots of difficulties.

"Even now, one party has gone to court to stop the Senate
polls," he said, in an apparent reference to Imran Khan`s
Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf, which has approached the Supreme
Court to stay the elections.

Gilani`s Pakistan People`s Party (PPP) is widely expected
to win a majority of the 54 Senate seats for which polls will
be held next month.

The premier has repeatedly alleged that elements opposed
to his government have been hatching conspiracies to disrupt
the elections.

The premier said his government is holding talks with its
allies and opposition parties for the unanimous passage of a
constitutional amendment to legitimise recent by-polls.

All previous amendments in the recent past had been passed
with consensus in parliament and the government wants the 20th
amendment to be cleared in the same manner, he said.

Democracy has never been able to institutionalise in
Pakistan as the country witnessed a series of military coups
starting from 1958, the last one being Pervez Musharraf`s
overthrow of Nawaz Sharif`s elected government in 1999.

The country has spent several decades under military rule.

PTI



First Published: Monday, February 6, 2012 - 21:56

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