Nawaz Sharif and Asif Zardari to throw out Musharraf through Constitutional AmendmentApril 26th, 2008 - 12:12 pm ICT by amritpal
The ruling coalition chief and Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari has joined hands with Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader and former PM Nawaz Sharif to to bring about a constitutional amendment entailing provisions that would leave President Pervez Mushararf with no powers and hence ultimately see him stepping down. The amendment will clip Musharraf’s wings - an act that was a part of their election manifesto.
The coming constitutional package will change the whole balance of power in Pakistan, reported The News. The target in the upcoming constitutional package will be the office of President and the office of Chief Justice will not be disturbed, the report quoted its sources as saying. According to the paper, initially PML-N and Nawaz Sharif wanted Musharraf to be tried in a court of law under charges like trason, but Asif Zardari disagreed. He suggested that instead of targeting Musharraf as an individual, they must target the powers of the President, which have been used to weaken democracy in Pakistan. If Musharraf was tried in the court of law, there were chances that the Army high command would react negatively to any kind of humiliation of their former chief.
Asif Zardari has also assured Nawaz Sharif that he is determined to implement the Murree Declaration of March 9 in which both the parties promised to restore the deposed judges within a month of the forming a new government. Nawaz is of the view that this 30-day period would end on April 30 and they needed to act fast. Zardari agreed with the dateline put forth by Nawaz Sharif and stated some legal problems in the delay.
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