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Indian democracy a role model for Pak: Rana

HT Correspondent  Karnal, December 29, 2012
First Published: 20:05 IST(29/12/2012) | Last Updated: 20:07 IST(29/12/2012)

India and Pakistan may have been estranged neighbours for long, but the Indian democratic setup is emerging as a role model for Pakistan's polity.

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Speaker of the assembly of Pakistan's Punjab province Rana Muhammad Iqbal Khan said that his country was convinced of adopting the Indian model of democracy, over a dictatorship, to ensure development.

"There is a broad political consensus in Pakistan that military interference should be eliminated, making way for a strong democratic setup. Though it is an initial stage, Pakistan is firm upon following the Indian way where people's voice is quite strong," said Khan at the residence of Haryana Vidhan Sabha speaker Kuldeep Sharma in Karnal.

A veteran politician was born at Gumthala Garhu village near Pehowa in Kurukshetra, Khan said that there were instances in Pakistan's political history when the military had overthrown the elected governments, severely affecting the peace and progress of the nation.

"Now the Pakistani society, including the political parties, is unanimous against any kind of dictatorship to ensure peace and nation building," he said.

The visiting dignitary said that both countries needed to understand that weapons or wars were never the answers for any issues.

"Both Pakistan and India are nuclear powers and words like war must not be uttered for the best of reasons. It is high time that scientists, sportspersons, educationists, artistes and parliamentarians from both the nations exchange ideas with each other to give way to a peaceful atmosphere," he said.

Dismissing allegations of human rights violations and forced conversion of minorities -- Sikhs and Hindus - Khan said that the Pakistani constitution ensured equal rights to all.

"The government takes swift action whenever any such issue is reported, but most of the cases were blown out of proportions by the media," he claimed.


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