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Original draft of 1973 Pak Constitution has been lost!

August 20, 2011 - Islamabad

The original draft of the 1973 Constitution of Pakistan has been lost.

Parliamentary sources confirmed that the original document of the 1973 Constitution is not available in the record and archives of the National Assembly, The News reports.

The officials are struggling to find out as to when and how this extremely important document had been robbed or stolen.

During the late Zulfikar Ali Bhutto's first government, the National Assembly of Pakistan had approved the first Constitution of the country on April 10, 1973 and on April 12, 1973, the National Assembly had marked the signing ceremony on the new constitutional draft in a special session.

According to the record, after signing the document, members of the National Assembly went to the President House in Rawalpindi, where the then President Zulfikar Ali Bhutto put his signature on the new Constitution.

The parliamentary sources say that the original document of the 1973 Constitution had never been seen in the record of the Parliament House since then.

When National Assembly Speaker Dr Fehmida Mirza wanted to see the original document of the Constitution at the time of the approval of the 18th Amendment, it transpired that the same was not present in the record of the Assembly.


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