ISLAMABAD - Acting President and Chairman Senate Mian Raza Rabbani has underscored the need to raise awareness among the youth about federalism.

The universities should take initiative to teach federalism as a subject for better understanding and creating unity across the country, the Acting President said while talking to a 32 faculty members' delegation of Balochistan universities who called on him here at the Parliament House yeterday.

Welcoming the members of delegation, the Acting President stated that the extended cooperation between federal and Balochistan universities was a positive development, as it would lead to promotion of higher education.

Talking about 18th amendment, the Acting President, noted that its passage granted provincial autonomy to the provinces, which was a crucial step in the constitutional history of Pakistan.

He said that federation got stronger after the passing of 18th amendment. “The provinces should consolidate what they have got under the 18th amendment,” he said, adding the provinces have to be proactive in guarding their rights.

Mian Raza Rabbani underlined that the federating units should take measures to make Council of Common Interest (CCI) a vibrant body in order to ensure smooth and effective implementation of gains achieved under 18th amendment. He noted that in accordance with the Article 154 of the Constitution, meeting of Council for Common Interests should be held within 90 days.

Rabbani called for countering a particular mindset, which wasn't yet ready to transfer powers to the provinces, adding such an attitude could pose threat to the federation.

He said that the 18th amendment was not a final document and the provinces could remove structural flaws, if any, through mutual consensus.

The Acting President stated that he was for the supremacy of law and parliament and emphasized that the democratic process should continue uninterrupted, noting that the federalism would stay only if democratic system stayed. He called for including constitutional history in the curriculum to create awareness about it. Later, the Acting President had a candid discussion with the visiting delegation.