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Pakistan's Parliamentary Committee on Constitutional Reforms

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Pakistan's National Assembly Speaker, Dr Fehmida Mirza, on Tuesday, announced a 27-member Special Committee of Parliament on Constitutional Reforms. The committee has been formed after consulting the parliamentary leaders of 15 political parties having representation in both houses. It has been tasked to finalise the recommendations of political parties for constitutional reforms, including repeal of the 17Th Amendment. And, this is to be done under the scope of the Charter of Democracy, the speaker said.

It has taken more than a year to form a committee for the constitutional reforms. Keeping in mind the enormity of the task, it will take years to finalize the recommendations, implying that PPP will be able to complete its tenure with the constitution as it is, the constitution which grants more powers (including 58(2)B to dissolve the parliament) to the president than the prime minister and the parliament. Mr. Zardari will continue to rule as the Chief Executive with Mr. Yousaf Raza Gilani and the parliament playing only as second fiddle to the president. It may be recalled that Mr. Zardari had announced, prior to the presidential election over a year ago, that whoever was elected as the president, the first gift he would give to the nation would be the repeal of 58(2)B. The country is awaiting the receipt of that gift. What a contradiction between the words and deeds of our worthy leaders!

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At June 26, 2009 at 7:36 PM, Blogger Masood said...

There was an agreement reached between PPP and PML-N before election 2008 that they would combinely be abolish the article 58 2 B and the 17th amendment of the constitution but they are not been working for this purpose still yet. The differences betwen the both parties could not be finished without working on Murray Declaration which was reached between Mohtarma Bemnazir Bhutto and Mian Nawaz Sharif.

At June 29, 2009 at 8:53 PM, Blogger Mobashir Ahmed said...

I think that whatever delays are taking place are to the mutual advantage of both PPP and PML(N). Thanks for stopping by. I tried visiting your blog but could not.

At July 31, 2009 at 4:45 AM, Anonymous Saeed Khan Abbasi said...

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