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Resistance to 18th amendment still continues:Raza Rabbani.

ISLAMABAD -- Chairman Senate Mian Raza Rabbani has said that five years on there is still a lot of resistance to the 18th Amendment mainly from the centralist mind set and more so at the federal level.

He was talking to the Swiss envoy, Marc P. George, who called on him in his chamber, said a press release issued here on Tuesday.

Chairman Rabbani said when he was working on the 18th Amendment, he did look into the unique Swiss model of federation but it did not suit the Pakistani society.

Explaining the reasons, Raza Rabbani said historically the federation has gone through a chequered history since the creation of Pakistan.

He said the original constitution for the newly formed state was based on a federal structure, but along the way priorities changed and the country moved towards a centralized structure.

This is the context in which the 18th Amendment was brought about and even though it was a paradigm shift, resistance to the process of devolution has not ended mainly because the centralist mind set at the federal level believes that strong provinces would eventually weaken the state, he added.

"Centralist mind set, political expediency, bottlenecks and capacity at the federal and provincial levels contributed to the slowing down of the 18th Amendment," he said adding that "the process of its implementation is not at the stage I would like it to be," he said.

He said the Senate has constituted a special committee in March this year to review the progress on devolution under the 18th Amendment.

On the constitutional future of FATA, Raza Rabbani said it will have to be brought into the mainstream with a political structure along with proper working courts.

He would urge the government and its departments to look into the complaints of Swiss companies operating in Pakistan to attract more investment from Switzerland, he said.

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Publication:The Frontier Star (Northwest Frontier Province, Pakistan)
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Date:Jun 3, 2015
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