In a final concluding ceremony on the night of 22nd March and the early hours of 23rd March, Aman Ittehad hold a massive People’s Assembly in the Al-Hamra Auditorium Lahore to pass the final Peoples Resolution. This resolution comes from a consensus taken after conducting over 60 Peoples Assemblies across Pakistan to gather their ideas and draft this final version – the final presented resolution is as follows
Peoples Resolution 23 March 2010, Lahore Peoples Resolution – March 2010 [PDF]
- WHEREAS the people of Pakistan have in the past six decades been denied the rights and benefits of the citizenship of an independent and sovereign state;
- WHEREAS the provinces of Pakistan have not enjoyed the autonomy promised in the Lahore Resolution of 1940;
- WHEREAS the country has failed to evolve institutions of peace, human security and service delivery
- THEREFORE, concerned citizens gathered together in People’s Assemblies all across the country and voiced their support for a new social contract
- NOW, this Peoples Assembly held at the birthplace of the Lahore Resolution on its 70th anniversary, as a collective voice of all the People’s Assemblies held hitherto,
- RESOLVES that adequate, effective and mandatory safeguards must specifically be provided in the Constitution of Pakistan to all citizens including non-Muslims for the protection of their religious, cultural, ethnic, linguistic, economic, and political rights and interests, in consultation with them. These safeguards must encourage transparency and accountability, the pillars of a true democracy with a view to creating a politically stable and socially responsive state that ensures all its citizens a life of dignity.
- That equal opportunity and rights must be ensured to all citizens through the strengthening of institutions and the supremacy of the parliament that through its laws, policies and governance mechanisms transforms it from a security to a welfare state and a judiciary that dispenses justice to all with independence and equity. It ought to become a state that provides justice, quality healthcare and education, and livelihood for all citizens; a state that promotes peace in the region through a policy of non-interference and regional trade with all particularly its neighbours, and a state that lives in peace and actively enables its citizens to do so.
- It is also the considered view of this Assembly that no constitutional plan would be workable in this country or acceptable to its people unless provinces are autonomous and governed according to the aspirations of people of the province that exercise complete control over their resources that are used equitably for the benefit of the citizens.
- It is the sense of this Assembly that the parliament must frame all laws and oversee their implementation so as to protect citizens particularly the poor and the marginalized from oppression; the state must protect the rights of all its citizens through the provision of justice and the rule of law that holds people, particularly the powerful, accountable for their acts and omissions.
- The Assembly further resolves that a social contract must be framed between citizens, and between citizens and the state. All laws that are framed and mechanisms for their implementation must be in harmony with this document that all policies, international and inter-provincial relationships, must conform to the collective will of the people expressed as the new social contract.