Parliament tO decide powers of president, prime minister: Gilani

January 14th, 2009 - 8:51 am ICT by IANS  

Islamabad, Jan 14 (IANS) Pakistan’s Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has said that the parliament will decide on the balance of power between the president and premier, GEO TV reported.He made the remarks after inaugurating a two-day regional conference on “Climate Change, Challenges and Opportunities for South Asia”, here Tuesday.

“It is only parliament that has to decide the balance of power between the president and the prime minister. I will form a parliamentary committee to study all the constitutional amendments moved by the political parties to repeal the 17th Amendment(related to president’s office),” he told reporters.

The prime minister said many parties have expressed their desire to repeal the 17th Amendment. “The PPP (Pakistan Peoples Party) has already sent a draft of the constitutional package to different political parties for review,” he added.

Gilani said he decided to form a parliamentary committee to study the bills submitted in the National Assembly and the Senate regarding the removal of the 17th Amendment and would bring a consensus bill in the House.

To a question about statements (on handing over terror suspects) from the Indian leadership, Gilani said there was tremendous pressure on the Indian government from the public.

He said he would issue a policy statement on the issue of the Mumbai attacks on the floor of the National Assembly.

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