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No support for Constitution change: Bilawal

LAHORE/KARACHI: Pakistan Peoples Party chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari on Monday ruled out any support for Nawaz Sharif’s proposal to amend the Constitution, even as the former prime minister revealed his intentions to change the provisions which govern the judiciary’s workings.

The former PM, who had announced his intention to give the country a new Constitution during his GT Road rally, said on Monday that if his party came to power in 2018, it would table certain amendments aimed at ensuring the hassle-free dispensation of justice.

“We will make sure that free and swift justice is provided to the people. We need to get rid of the system where a case is not decided for three generations,” he said, reiterating that Pakistan belonged to 200 million people, and not to only “a few”.

However, speaking to reporters after paying his respects at the mausoleum of Quaid-i-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah, the PPP leader ruled out the possibility of joining hands with the PML-N for any constitutional amendment, saying: “We have our own principles and will continue to practise principled politics and strive for peace in the country.”

He said that after the disqualification of Nawaz Sharif, the government had crossed all limits. He was of the opinion that even if an amendment was made to the Constitution, it would not rescue Nawaz Sharif, nor could it achieve their desired objective.

“However, as far as the PPP is concerned, we would never join hands with the PML-N,” he said.

Mr Bhutto-Zardari insisted that leaders from Punjab should be wary of the situation on the country’s borders before issuing inappropriate statements that could lead to further tensions in the country.

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