Proposal to cut powers of Pak President
Pakistan’s ruling coalition leaders met in Islamabad on Tuesday to discuss proposed constitutional amendments to clip the wings of the Pakistan President, Pervez Musharraf. The proposed package, which would require a two-thirds majority in parliament for approval, was launched by the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) chairman, Asif Ali Zardari.
Under the proposed bill the President’s powers to appoint the chiefs of the army, navy and air force would be transferred to the prime minister, while parliament will appoint the chief election commissioner. The proposed amendments would also remove the president’s powers to dismiss the government. The amendments package also provides for the reinstatement of dozens of judges deposed by Musharraf last year.
Nawaz Sharif’s party said it will scrutinise the proposed amendments and respond later, adding that Musharraf was no more acceptable.