Chairman Senate Mian Raza Rabbani has said that by design deliberate attempt has been made which is still continues to marginalize and ridicule the role of Parliament and inculcate into the minds of the younger generation that system of democracy and parliament is ineffective and politicians are incompetent.
He expressed these views while addressing the Certificate Awarding Ceremony of the second batch of the short terms internship programme who recently completed their internship with the Senate of Pakistan at the Parliament House on Friday.
He said that the programme was initiated with a purpose to familiarizing the youth with the working and functioning of the Parliament and provide them an opportunity to understand the veracity of the claims made by its opponents. “This initiative helps us in understanding the hopes and inspirations of the youth” Mian Raza Rabbani added.
He termed it a historic moment for the interns as the Senate recently passed a unanimous resolution defining what it believes that is the new role of Senate under 18th amendment and in the form of converting Pakistan into a true participatory federal state. The resolution expressed the will of the entire House for greater harmony between federation and the provinces. He said that it is historic document that for the first time in Pakistan history the concept of equality of the two House has been taken up and the Senate is struggling for that. In federations both House are equal, he remarked. Raza Rabbani underscored the need for developing a formula for equality of votes between Senate and National Assembly to remove disparity in the joint sitting and emphasized the need to empower the Senate. He said that both the Houses of the Parliament require equal weight-age and this is being practice internationally.
He wished the interns all the best in their careers ahead and hoped that they would be the ambassadors of not only the Senate but the democracy and the Constitution of 1973.
Earlier Secretary Senate Mr. Amjed Pervez also addressed the participants and said that fresh ideas of the young helped the Secretariat to a great extent in improving the functioning of the Secretariat. He said that this programme is going to be a regular feature of the working of the Secretariat to benefit from the ideas and fresh thoughts of the younger generation in improving the parliamentary functioning.
Interns also spoke on the occasion and termed a turning point in their lives to closely observe the working of the Parliament and appreciated the excellent arrangements and cooperation of the Senate Secretariat which enhanced and polished their skills.
During the Second batch there were 44 four interns from 11 different universities including eleven from Islamabad and one from Peshawar. This is an indigenous programme of the Senate of Pakistan conceived by Chairman Senate Mian Raza Rabbani.