ISLAMABAD - Chairman Senate Mian Raza Rabbani yesterday rejected in strong words the call of the former Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry to replace the existing Parliamentary form of government in the country by the Presidential form of government.

"Today some are talking about bringing Presidential form of government. They should know that masses had rejected this system in the past, Rabbani said this in direct reference to a recent media talk of former CJ that Presidential form of government should be introduced in the country.

While addressing the 'opening ceremony of internship programme of Senate of Pakistan at Pakistan Institute of Parliamentary Studies (PIPS), Mian Raza Rabbani said that the Presidential form of government had failed in Pakistan as the masses rejected the 1962 Constitution.

"I don't accept the Constitution of 1962," he said ,adding, that the masses had struggled for the Parliamentary form of system and provincial autonomy.

He reminded that the Constitution of Pakistan was a Federal Parliamentary system that was not got as a gift as masses and political workers had given sacrifices to attain it.

"If now some one made a joke with the Constitution and tried to take back the provincial autonomy, the Federation would feel jolts of earthquake," he warned ,adding, that the whole responsibility would fall on the shoulders of those who are talking against provincial autonomy.

He said that the political workers were hanged because they raised voice against the military dictators and demanded that a monument should be constructed in their memory at the Parliament.

Unfortunately various Martial Law regimes particularly that of Zia-ul-Haq made conscious efforts to change the curriculum in Pakistan to mislead the Pakistani youth from the path of democracy, roots of Federation and to denounce the multi- ethnic structure in the country, he said.

There was a criminal attempt to tarnish and distort the history of our country thus closing the chapter of struggle by our great political heroes in past, he added.

He deplored that unfortunately wars were made part of the curriculum and youth was realised that politicians were the worst.

Chairman Senate said that there was continued effort to portray and project the politicians as the worst and the most corrupt people of the country.

The politicians are also part of this society, good or bad people could be among them but do the military and civil bureaucracy is not corrupt, are they 'sacred cows?'.

Mian Raza Rabbani while shedding light on the internship programme said that this was a special day for the internees but it was also special day in the Parliamentary history and especially for Senate that a new tradition had been set to engage the fresh graduates from various disciplines of eight top universities around Islamabad.

Formal MOUs have been signed with these universities to hire the services of 46 internees including 26 female and twenty male students, he said.

He further informed that the signing of MOU for the same purpose with SZABIST is also under way.

These internees have to work and interact closely with the Senate Secretariat and also with Senators, he said.

The basic objective is to fill gap between Parliament and the masses because the Parliament cannot play an effective role without ownership by the people, he said.

We want to make our youth part of the Parliament to know about the Constitution of Pakistan and the long history of struggle, pains, anguish and sacrifices of thousands of political leaders and workers for the cause of democracy, he added.

Earlier in the welcome address, Amjad Pervez Malik, Secretary Senate while highlighting the objectives of the internship programme said that currently Pakistan was passing through a critical demographic stage with maximum number of youth as part of population which could be a 'window opportunity' as well as a series of big challenges for providing them health, education and employment opportunities.

The Senate internship programme is part of that endeavour, he added. The Leader of the House Raja Muhammad Zafar ul Haq addressing on the occasion said that the current situation was becoming more and more critical with multifaceted challenges of conventional and non-conventional education and the initiative of Chairman Raza Rabbani and the Upper House was praise worthy.