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|Objective Resolution 1949 |
| Why it was Necessary to have this Constitutional Document? |
"The Constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people; it is an instrument for the people to restrain the government -- lest it come to dominate our lives and interests."
-- Patrick Henry
After facing many hardships by the Muslims of the Sub-Continent they finally got Pakistan. After the partition of Sub-Continent it was necessary to have some laws, some charters, and some ways for the people and the government of this newly born country for its smooth running, for her prosperity.
In the beginning according to the Indian Independence Act of 1947, the Government of India Act of 1935 became, with certain adaptations, the working constitution of Pakistan. A constituent Assembly was set up under the Independence Act with 69 member of the assembly and was increased to 79 when some other states joined Pakistan. That Constituent Assembly has a dual purpose:
1. To draft the constitution of Pakistan
2. To act as a legislative body till the new constitution was passed and enforced.
On March 12, 1949, the Constituent Assembly adopted a resolution moved by Liaquat Ali Khan, and then by the Prime Minister of Pakistan which is named as the Objectives Resolution. It decided that any future constitution of Pakistan would not be on European pattern, but it should be on the ideology, principals and according to the faith of Islam and will follow...