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No proposal to change 18th Amendment: PMLN

Marriyum says, “As secretary of party’s manifesto committee, I deny this news; no such proposal is under consideration”

By Ali Raza
November 21, 2023
The screenshot shows Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PMLN) Central Information Secretary Marriyum Aurangzeb addressing a press conference in Lahore on Nov 19, 2023. —Facebook/Marriyum Aurangzeb
The screenshot shows Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PMLN) Central Information Secretary Marriyum Aurangzeb addressing a press conference in Lahore on Nov 19, 2023. —Facebook/Marriyum Aurangzeb

LAHORE: Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PMLN) Central Information Secretary Marriyum Aurangzeb has categorically dismissed recent reports suggesting changes in the 18th Amendment of the Constitution.

In a press statement issued on Monday, Marriyum said, “As the secretary of the party’s manifesto committee, I deny this news; no such proposal is under consideration.”

Expressing disappointment at the lack of prior consultation, she added, “The chairman or secretary of the manifesto committee could have been contacted before reporting the unsubstantiated news regarding amendments to the 18th Amendment. Unfortunately, the opinion of an opposition political party was taken, but the opinion of the relevant party, the PMLN, was not sought.”

The former minister information and broadcasting said the PMLN has consistently pursued a policy aimed at enhancing the resources of all units within the Federation. Looking ahead, the party intends to further augment the resources of all units, including the central government.

It is crucial to note that the 18th Amendment garnered unanimous approval from all political parties during the Pakistan Peoples Party government, with constitutional amendments focused on reinstating the spirit of Pakistan’s Constitution, prioritising national interest over political considerations.

Emphasising the importance of fair distribution of resources as per the Constitution between the Federation and its units, Marriyum said the PMLN underscores its commitment to building a robust Pakistan.

She said the party firmly believes that local government institutions serve as the bedrock of democracy, and the PMLN is dedicated to fortifying democracy by implementing and enhancing the effectiveness of this system.