ISLAMABAD    -    Former Chairman Senate and PPP Senator Mian Raza Rabbani on Mon­day urged the need to initiate a di­alogue between state institutions to develop consensus for Charter of De­mocracy-II. Speaking in the house, the lawmaker called for addressing the fault lines that threaten the state, including violation of the principles of trichotomy of powers.

In the first phase, there should be a dialogue between political stake­holders and then an intra-institu­tional dialogue involving parliament, executive and judiciary should be held to ensure protection of rights of people and rule of law flows, he un­derlined. He said Parliament should initiate both the phases of the di­alogue. Rabbani stressed that su­premacy of the parliament should be recognized, and powers of the Sen­ate should be enhanced. He reiter­ated his demand that the parliament must ratify all foreign agreements.

Giving the proposal of bring­ing constitutional amendments to reform the electoral laws, and strengthening the parliamentary system by demilitarizing civil insti­tutions, the PPP stalwart said Char­ter of Democracy-II would pave the way for a Charter of the Economy.

A bill seeking amendments in the Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Act, 2018 to “improve stan­dard of living and bring reform in the lives of the deprived segment of society” was also table in the house on private member’s day.

The bill moved by Senator Fawzia Arshad proposes to delete sub-sec­tion 4 from Section 3 of the Act which says “a transgender person already issued CNIC by NADRA shall be allowed to change the name and gender according to his or her self perceived identity on the CNIC, CRC, driving license and passport in ac­cordance with the provisions of the NADRA Ordinance, 2000”.

The bill also seeks amendments in sections related to the share of in­heritance and right to education. The statement of objects and reasons of the bill says that the law enacted in 2018 has various lacunas and loop­holes which need to be addressed. It says that the said Act does not con­form to the principles and rules, de­veloped under Sharia, for dealing with the issues related to transgen­der persons in a Muslim society.