LAHORE: Former president and Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari on Tuesday has termed departments’ activities that exceed constitutional limits and interference in other institutions’ matters a bad omen for democracy.
According to a statement issued in connection with the International Day of Democracy, Zardari said that elimination of extremism is always good but the constitution should not be breached in this regard. He said that democracy demands respect of constitutional boundaries chalked out for institutions.
Supremacy of the law, making departments bound of working within constitutional premises and indiscriminate accountability are democracy’s basic features. The former president said that enemies of the democracy come in different disguises to damage the country. He said that the past has seen several so-called Legal Framework Orders and Provisional Constitutional Orders (PCO).
Zardari said that weeding out terrorism is a needed step however, he said breach of the constitution is never a preferred way of achieving goals.
He further has paid salutes to the people who have sacrificed their lives for stronghold of democracy including Benazir Bhutto, Zulfikar Bhutto and others. He said that dictatorship could not settle in the country due to the ‘martyrs’.