ISLAMABAD Undoubtedly it was a great and memorable day for people of Pakistan, Parliamentarians and above all for the members of Constitutional Reforms Committee of Parliament for cleansing the 1973 Constitution from all the filth put in it by the dictatorial regimes in the past. It was a moment of rejoice for all the democracy loving people when Mian Raza Rabbani in a polite but firm voice announced repeal of the 17th Constitutional Amendment, 58(2)B and many more one after the other amid the thumping of desks by all and sundry sitting in the Parliament. Though a number of MPs were not present in the National Assembly when Mian Raza Rabbani was giving details of constitutional amendments but the absence of Leader of Opposition in the National Assembly Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan and Federal Minister for Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Dr Babar Awan was conspicuously noticed by all. Some MNAs belonging to ruling Pakistan Peoples Party, on condition of anonymity, informed TheNation that even Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani was not happy with his Law Minister but he could not do anything about him for obvious reasons. The absence of Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan was due to his some important meeting with party leadership in Lahore but some insiders who were aware of the developments said that Nisar Ali Khans absence from such an important event was not out of place and in his absence PML-N had actually given a tacit 'no to the offer of rejoining of the Federal Cabinet extended to PML-N Mian Nawaz Sharif by Premier Gilani. But these minor grey things were overwhelmed by the upbeat and ecstasy mood in the Parliament, which was further flavoured by Mian Raza Rabbanis eloquent and articulate presentation of the reforms package. Mian Raza Rabbani did mentioned the scepticism shown by many about the fate of the Constitutional Reforms Committee of the Parliament at the time of its constitution and said that it was the determination of the members and the support and strength extended to them by their leadership that they were finally home with a consensus draft of 18th Constitutional Amendment. Holding the rostrum right behind the back of Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani Senator Mian Raza Rabbani was looking like a real statesman and democrat who at the head of 26-member team proved the forces of status quo wrong and established that the political forces were mature enough to handle the state affairs and were fully capable to deliver. One of the member of the Committee commenting on the political sagacity of Mian Raza Rabbani, with which he had handled the affairs of the Committee throughout the nerve breaking nine months deliberations, said that he had qualified to be the real heir of late Bhuttos politics. Rabbanis voice turned hoarse when he referred to his close association with Benazir Bhutto with whom he had started the struggle for the emancipation of poor masses and at the same time also exposing his inner pain of alienation he had faced in the party over the past couple of years. Praising Mian Raza Rabbani for his landmark role in the approval of consensus draft constitutional amendment proposal, another MP said he had actually stepped into the boots of founding Chairman of the party Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto who had given the consensus 1973 constitution, and in a politically booted out all those who had sidelined him.