LAHORE - The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) after study of the PPP Constitutional package, has found it not fulfilling a number of requirements and tailored to suit the interests of the current set-up, rather than to strengthen the democratic governance. Through its Chairperson, Asma Jahagir, the  Commission wonders, how the PPP proposes to secure support to their package as clearly they don't have the two-thirds majority required for Constitutional amendments. As such, it finds, the few pressing issues, including restoration of the judges, being painfully lingered to the detriment of the country and the democratic transition. HRCP rejects the wording of 'reappointment' of the pre 3rd November judges as recommended under Article 270 CC of the Package. It says it could also be misconstrued especially as the two consecutive terms of the Chief Justice appear to have been deliberately kept vague. As such the Package leaves an impression that the formula of minus-one and plus-one has been adopted, which has firmly been rejected by the lawyers community and civil society. Hence it may lead to a worse judicial crisis that will have long-term repercussions. It says the intention of the package appears to undermine the independence of the superior courts. As to the composition and powers of the proposed Judicial Commission, it they appear arbitrary. The Commission has the potential of turning itself into a menacing watchdog rather than an impartial tribunal. By allowing, the Judicial Commission to make a code of conduct for the superior judiciary the authors of the Package have subjugated the Supreme and High Courts to a body of retired persons. The requirement of Commission members to be "non-politicized" is vague and absurd. Who decides what is "non-politicized" and how can any person of knowledge and standing be politically empty? HRCP is amazed that a political party should frown upon anyone who is "political" and prefers to hand their destiny in the hands of those who are bankrupt of political thought. The Commission however has appreciated the package for changing the name of NWFP to Pakhtoonkhwa, the demise of Article 58(2)B and the restoration of the executive authority with the Prime Minister as steps in the right direction. It has also welcomed the amendments regarding the selection and appointment of judges to the superior courts and in restricting sitting judges from taking on other high official assignments. HRCP has rejected the requirement of the Prime Minister of being a Muslim as added by the Package amendment to Article 91, arguing, democratic credentials did not permit discriminate amongst citizens on the basis of religion. It said the package has also not touched upon Articles 62 and 63, that require members of the parliament to be 'pious' and their qualification is based on vague and subjective criteria of the 'goodness' or otherwise of an individual. Similarly, the restriction on a person to be the Prime Minister only two terms has been kept intact. The much promised minority seats in the Senate have also been left out. "The suo motu powers of the Federal Shariat Court to take up any law and strike it down, as being repugnant to Islam is being kept intact, while the original jurisdiction of the Supreme Court to hear matters of public importance with reference to the enforcement of Fundamental Rights is severely curtailed by the Package. Under it, the SC can only pass a declaratory order under its inherent powers and will not be able to enforce its rulings providing relief to the victims." HRCP is mindful that judges must act and select cases of "public importance" with due care and through well-reasoned judgments, yet the Package amendment will be a serious blow to the enforcement of fundamental rights of vulnerable groups and individuals in Pakistan. HRCP hopes that the PPP will take on board the suggestions made to it by all political forces and make clear decisions on the Constitutional direction it wishes to pursue. The present draft of the Package is totally unconvincing, both in its intent and substance, in dealing with the political crisis left behind by Musharaf and his military predecessors, it adds.