Rabbani calls for scrapping Article 6 after Musharraf exit

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Senate Chairman Raza Rabbani said on Saturday that the Article 6 has failed to protect the constitution, parliament and democracy; therefore the government and parliament should end it.

Talking to media in Garhi Khuda Bux after offering prayers at the graves of Bhutto leaders before the commemoration of the 37th death anniversary of PPP founder Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, Rabbani said that the safe exit of General (r) Pervez Musharraf who was facing trial in connection with the Benazir Bhutto assassination case proved that the Article 4, which ensures equal rights to every citizen, was not complied with in letter and spirit.

The top PPP leader said the importance of the Article 6 had gone down, but it had proved that the people’s power was supreme. “Now the country, constitution, parliament and democracy will be saved by poor masses and educated people of the middle class,” he added.

About the presidential reference filed for revisiting the case of judicial murder of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, the Senate chairman said it was pending trial in the Supreme Court for the past two-and-a-half years, and demanded it be heard since Bhutto could not get justice during his lifetime but record needed to be historically corrected.

Recalling that Shaheed Bhutto had while launching the party at the residence of Dr Mubashir Hassan said that power lies with the poor people, Rabbani averred that April 4 was the day of poor and poverty-stricken people to shed tears because on that day their dreams were murdered.

About Indian spy Kulbhushan Yadav’s arrest, the Senate chairman said that Pakistan was saying since long that Indian spy agency Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) was interfering in the internal affairs of the country and it had now been proved after the arrest of Yadav. He also called on the agencies to further probe the issue thoroughly.

When informed that a media person of Naudero had been falsely implicated by the SHO under the anti-terrorism act, Rabbani assured journalists of provision of justice and said he would ask Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah to take notice of the issue.

Senator Ajiz Dhamrah, Waqar Mehdi, Rashid Rabbani and others were also present on the occasion.

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