CHITRAL: Constitutions have been revised and rewritten every where in the world whenever the need arose and when it was deemed fit to do so. As per latest news, Turkey is vying to adopt a totally new constriction.
Pakistan is one country which needs a new constitution the most according to ground reality checks. The present constitution was drafted and adopted posthaste just after the breakup of the country. Not much diligence went into framing of this all important document which has shaped the contorted form of our country till date.
The country is supposed to be an Islamic country as per the constitution, but hardly is anything Islamic about it other than the ban on alcohol. In an Islamic state, hands of a thief is supposed to be chopped off. If that is implemented, there would only be a handful of people left with full hands. Likewise so many dichotomies belie the constitution as being Islamic. We can at best say, Pakistan is as Islamic as ‘bank Islami’ or other similar named banks are truly Islamic Banks.
A new constitution is needed to be framed very carefully by experts. Religion must be given it’s due respect and importance. Practical clauses must be adopted from it, but the name of the country should be ‘Republic of Pakistan’. Reason being, when we attach the prefix ‘Islamic’, it has a lot of responsibilities and obligations with the name, which we cannot fulfill as we are not fulfilling today. Merely attaching the name ‘Islamic Republic’ is like having a ‘Bismillah Store’, ‘Ma shaa Allah Tailors’, ‘Macca Cola’ ‘Muslim banaspati’ etc.
The new constitution of Pakistan should ideally be one which should include ‘Meritocracy’ as the system of government, but if that is too rich to be palatable today, at least the system of Presidential government which is being practiced in 90 percent of the countries of the world, should be the linchpin of the new constitution. .. CN report, 06 Feb 2021