Tashkent, 24 May 2023 (TDI): The Embassy of Pakistan in Uzbekistan arranged a community gathering at its chancery building in Tashkent yesterday to celebrate 50 years of Pakistan’s Constitution. The event was attended by a large number of overseas Pakistanis living in Uzbekistan.
Pakistan’s Ambassador to Uzbekistan was also present at the occasion and addressed the audience, highlighting the significance of Pakistan’s constitution and its role in shaping the country’s democratic system.
The event started with the recitation of the Holy Quran, followed by the national anthem of Pakistan. Participants also expressed their thoughts, highlighted the sanctity of the Constitution, and emphasized the need for proper implementation of the Constitution to ensure the smooth functioning of the institutions of the state.
Pakistani community members, while sharing their views, further added that the Constitution of Pakistan is the cornerstone of the country’s governance system and must be upheld at all times. They stressed that the Constitution guarantees fundamental rights to all citizens, including freedom of speech, religion, and assembly.
The event also provided an opportunity for Pakistani ex-pats to connect and share their experiences of living abroad. Discussions centered around the challenges faced by overseas Pakistanis as well as ways to promote greater cooperation between Pakistan and Uzbekistan.
Brief History of Constitution of Pakistan
The history of Pakistan’s constitution can be traced back to 1956, when the first constitution was framed to run the country. Before that, the Government of India Act 1935 was acting as an interim constitution in Pakistan.
But unfortunately, the 1956 Constitution was never implemented because of strong opposition from the Hindu minorities and Pakistan’s largest political party, the Awami League, which resulted in political unrest, ultimately leading to the first Marshal Law in the history of Pakistan.
Later on, the 1962 Constitution was enforced by Ayub Khan (the military dictator), which was then replaced by the Constitution of 1973 by the third constituent assembly of Pakistan.
This Constitution was also suspended twice by military dictators, but despite a bumpy ride, it is still acting as a basic framework for the government of Pakistan with some amendments.