Senate Approves the 18th Amedment

The Pakistani Senate, the upper house of parliament, has now passed the 18th amendment to the 1973 constitution. This is an important step in shaping the future of Pakistani democracy as the power will now rest with the parliament and the Prime Minister, all directly elected by the people.

This will also ensure that no military adventurers can tweak the constitution to legalize their illegal regimes. The politicians should also remember not to enable any more military dictators in the future, especially the PML-Q league, which is basically a party composed of all those who had abandoned their own political parties to support the illegal regime of Mr. Musharraf.

It is also heartening to know that the Frontier Province, so named by the British colonialists, will now have its own name: Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa. My congratulations to ANP and the people of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa for finally getting a real name for their province. I know people in Hazara are unhappy about it, especially the PML-Q, but look at it this way. We have been calling Balochistan Balochistan forever even though there is a sizable Pashtoon population in it. Maybe, in the long run, Pakistan could create a few more provinces to accommodate all different groups, but for right now, I think, renaming the old Sarhad is a good first step.

Masood Raja

Originally from Pakistan, Dr. Masood Ashraf Raja is an Associate Professor of Postcolonial Literature and Theory at the University of North Texas and the author of "The Religious Right and the Talibanization of America" (Palgrave, 2016). 


  3 comments for “Senate Approves the 18th Amedment

    April 16, 2010 at 4:16 pm

    we had a constitution before and we begged the government to implement it. they did not, and have always come out with one excuse or another. did we have article six before? what is the use of adding more amendments if you cant implement it. its a farce.

      April 18, 2010 at 5:33 am

      There are various ways of experiencing and interacting with the real. I have learned that hanging on to a sliver of hope has more possibilities for change than worrying over the past.

    April 19, 2010 at 12:17 am

    its upto you gentleman, i always learn from my mistakes.and the tragic lesson of history is that it repeats itself.there are forces in pakistan who have never obeyed constitution, and they only the power of the gun, [this includes all who hold the gun, our side or theeir side] and the tradedy is that they are the one who matter,who said,what is constitution? just a twelve pager, so if have learnt my lessons from the history, i have my apprehentions.but sure, i will agree with you when i see some one hanging to the gallows for voilating the constitution.till that day i disagree and u know my reasons now?

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