LAHORE -  Chairman Senate Raza Rabbani yesterday complained that country’s constitution was not being implemented in letter and spirit. 

He was talking to the media after attending Qul ceremony of senior PPP leader Jehangir Badr who passed away in the wee hours of Monday. 

Local party leaders and activists were also present in large number.

Asif Ali Zardari’s youngest daughter Aseefa Bhutto Zardari, adviser to the Sindh Chief Minister Moula Bakhsh Chandio, Sardar Latif Khosa, Senator Saeed Ghani, Shaukat Basra and other party leaders visited the residence of late Badr to offer condolence to his family members.

Rabbani said that provincial autonomy was still a dream even after passage of the 18th Amendment. “It will have dangerous consequences for the country if the provinces are denied autonomy as envisaged in the Constitution,” he warned. 

The Senate chairman said that a strong Parliament was a guarantee to smooth functioning of all other institutions. Admitting that there were flaws in the current democratic system, Rabbani stressed that continuity of the system will set the things right.

Rabbani did not offer any comment when asked about the recent developments on Panama Papers. To a question, he said that stories of Musharraf’s joining politics were deplorable.

Answering a question about LoC violations by the Indian security forces, he said it was sheer madness on the part of Indian prime minister.

Meanwhile, Aseefa Zardari on Tuesday visited the residence of late Badr to condole his death with the bereaved family. She termed his death a big loss for the country, adding that his services for the cause of democracy would be remembered for long. 

Aseefa said that Jehangir Badr was an asset not only for the party but also for the country. She said PPP was proud of late Badr who was a trusted companion of Shaheed ZA Bhutto and Shaheed Benazir Bhutto.

Speaking on the occasion, Moula Bakhsh Chandio said that federal government had only two major worries at the moment. It was afraid of Panama Papers and Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, he added. He also cast aspersions on the good governance claims of Punjab government, saying that one has to be careful about his cellphone and other valuables while travelling in Punjab.

Also, shoes of two PPP leaders, Senator Saeed Ghani and Shaukat Basra were stolen from the residence of late Jehangir Badr. Both took off their shoes to attend the Qul ceremony and found them missing on return. 

Shaukat Basra confirmed the incident when contacted.