Passage of the 18th Amendment from the National Assembly is a historic achievement. The Parliament has finally proved that it is a sovereign institution of the state. The removal of dictators name and their shenanigans from the statute books is also a great achievement. But a major anomaly has been created by annulling the clause regarding elections in political parties. That is against the real essence of democracy. If a political party forbids democracy within itself, how can it be expected to stand for democracy if it finally prevails? This kind of approach is conducive only for dynastic politics which establishes a different form of dictatorship through which families rule parties and the country. About time we shunned this kind of politics. I would request the political parties to reconsider this particular clause of the amendment otherwise the history would never forgive them. -FARRUKH SHAHZAD, Australia, April 9.