The Central Information Secretary of Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N), Marriyum Aurangzeb, on Monday categorically dismissed recent reports suggesting alterations to the 18th amendment of the Constitution.
The clarification came amid media reports that the PML-N’s manifesto committee had received various proposals, ranging from a complete reversal of the 18th amendment to alterations in the distribution mechanism of financial resources among provinces.
“As the secretary of the party’s manifesto committee, I deny this news; no such proposal is under consideration,” Marriyum said in a press statement.
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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 Eighteenth Amendment. Unfortunately, the opinion of an opposition political party was taken, but the opinion of the relevant party, PML-N, was not sought.”
The former federal minister said that PML-N has consistently pursued a policy aimed at enhancing the resources of all units within the federation.
Looking ahead, she said that 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.
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Emphasising the importance of a fair distribution of resources as per the Constitution between the federation and its units, Marriyum said that PML-N underscores its commitment to building a robust Pakistan.
She said that the party firmly believes that local government institutions serve as the bedrock of democracy, and PML-N is dedicated to fortifying democracy by implementing and enhancing the effectiveness of this system.