Pakistan considering special constitutional measures

November 14th, 2007 - 8:17 am ICT by admin  
The Pakistan Government has proposed an action plan, under which President Pervez Musharraf would get extraordinary powers to deal with the situation.

It has been proposed that under Article 232(1) of the Constitution, the President would impose an emergency.

Top leaders of the ruling Pakistan Muslim League (PML) have completed their consultation process and have decided to take extraordinary measures to deal with the critical situation and a new strategy has been devised.

Some constitutional and supra-constitutional measures are being considered to meet the extraordinary situation, The News quoted reliable sources in Islamabad, as saying, and adding that signs of their implementation will soon be visible.

There is also a proposal that Musharraf, exercising his powers as the army chief, should impose a new provisional constitutional order (PCO) and in this regard some supra-constitutional measures are also being considered.

Despite supra-constitutional measures, there would be no ban on political activities and basic rights would not be suspended, the sources said.

They said that the general elections would also be held on time and assemblies would also complete their tenure.

The sources said the media would enjoy freedom but comments on some issues would be restricted under the law, the daily reported.

The supra-constitutional measures would be for a short period and limited objectives, the sources said, adding that basic aim of such steps would be to create harmony among national institutions.

Under the proposed action plan, summoning of a joint sitting of the National Assembly and the Senate has been suggested for endorsement of imposition of emergency under Article 232 (7) of the Constitution.

The two Houses would then hold separate sessions to extend the tenure of the law allowing Musharraf to hold two offices by six months, as the law expires on November 15.

The amendment to the dual offices law is to avoid turmoil during the general elections, the sources said. (ANI)

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