“A constitution is imperative because it protects the rights of the citizens of a concerned nation, irrespective of their religion, caste, creed, sex or physical appearance,” it was stated by Ch Burjees Tahir, Minister of Kashmir Affairs, Gilgit Baltistan and Northern Affairs at the occasion of “National Constitution Day” Seminar on April 10, 2014 held at the Pakistan Institute for Parliamentary Services.
The objective of the seminar was to develop awareness of the Constitution, its importance and functioning of Parliament among students, civil society and the youth. Students and faculty members of various universities and colleges not only attended the seminar, but few of them also participated in a debate competition to exchange their views about Constitution.Renowned parliamentarians Chaudhary Barjees Tahir (Federal Minister of Kashmir Affairs & Gilgit Baltistan), Senator Dr. Saeeda Iqbal, Senator Syed Zafar Ali Shah and Mr. Ali Muhammad Jan (MNA) shared their candid views to familiarize the youth with the concept of constitution as framework of the state and other relevant concepts through their key note speeches and by sharing their personnel experience. The Parliamentarians congratulated PIPS on holding the first ever Constitution Day to commemorate the 41st anniversary of the historic day of 10th April, 1973, when the National Assembly of Pakistan signed the unanimous Constitution of Pakistan.
Chaudhary Barjees Tahir (Federal Minister of Kashmir Affairs & Gilgit Baltistan) concluded the event by distributing mementoes among the honourable guests and the participants. Ms Amal Arif of Ripah University secured first position, Naima Binte Shahab from Fatimah Jinnah Women University git second position followed by Ms Madeeha Sayed from APCOMS in third in the declamation contest titled Constitution, reflection of people’s aspirations. The event was co organized by research and training wings of PIPS. Mr Muhammad Rashid Mafzool Zaka, Director Research was the master of the ceremony while Ms Samer awais, Director Training, Mr Muzaffar A Mahar, Director HR and Mr Tahir Hanafi, A.S (PAC) were judges of the speech contest. All participants sang the national anthem to reflect the unity of Pakistan.