Seminar on “International Democracy Day” Organized by Shaheed Bhutto Foundation
Islamabad, 15 September, 2020: Senator Dr. Jehanzeb Jamaldini said on this occasion that although democracy in western countries has developed to a certain extent, but it is still in its infantile stage in Pakistan. Although Pakistan claims to be a democratic country but it still has a long way to go. He said that malpractice of religion should be discouraged and discussed in a democratic setup.
Senator Farhatullah Babar said on this occasion that on the international democracy day we should evaluate the status of democracy in our country. He also emphasized that we should be looking for ways to promote, protect and strengthen the very system of democracy in the country. He also said that majoritarian rule should be differed from a democratic one, as in democratic political system ‘rule of law’ is of supreme importance, followed by ‘public participation’ as well as ‘accountability’. He also said that all governing institutions should respect the limits of their democratic boundaries and should exercise their powers within the constitutional limits. He also said that political parties should also promote and create a democratic culture within their political parties.
Deputy Chairman Senate of Pakistan, Mr. Saleem Mandviwalla said on this occasion that democracy is the only way forward and the only possible way to progress is through adopting democratic ideals. He said that all the pillars of the state must ensure that democracy prevails in the country. He also empathized that in Pakistan democracy is in its infantile stage and it still has a long way to go.
Mr. Asif CEO Shaheed Bhutto Foundation said on this occasion that local/street level politics has diminished from the country resulting in deterioration of democratic culture in the higher pillars of the government. He said that every constitutional institution must restrain itself from interference in other institutions matters. He also said that possible alliances of major political parties should be formed amongst themselves as well as with other political parties to initiate the countrywide democracy movement.