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.