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National Security Council in Pakistan, For or Against ?

06 April, 2004

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The National Assembly has opened debate on National Security Council (NSC) bill on Monday.Government claimed that the NSC would provide a system of check and balance,it will not only strengthen the democratic institutions but all the institutions and it is in accordance with the Islamic injunctions and the 1973 Constitution of Pakistan.

NSC will be comprised of , President of Pakistan, Prime Minister of Pakistan,Speaker of National Assembly, all the chief ministers of the four provinces, Leader of Opposition in the parliament, Senate Chairman, Chief of Army Staff, Chief of Naval Staff, Airforce Chief.

On the other hand opposition parties specially MMA to jointly oppose the proposed National Security Council (NSC) bill in the National Assembly. Opposition says that government's aim is to give a role to Pak Army and the objective of formation of National Security Council is to dominate the parliament.

1.Do you think NSC is necessary for keeping the check and balance over the performance of Goverment ?

2.Is NSC aimed at dominating the Parliament?

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