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End governor's rule in Punjab: Zardari

world Updated: Mar 29, 2009 00:27 IST
Kamal Siddiqi

Pakistan’s President Asif Ali Zardari on Saturday recommended lifting of Governor’s Rule in Punjab as a step towards political reconciliation in the country.

Addressing a joint sitting of Parliament, Zardari said: “I announce that we wish to recommend lifting of Governor’s Rule in Punjab.”

Zardari said the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) would support the PML-N’s candidate as chief minister of the province and while the party would sit in the opposition, it would support the provincial government.

On the issue of the powers of the president to sack an elected government, Zardari said a parliamentary committee would be constituted to review the 17th Amendment and the 58-2(B). He said: “I propose to form a parliamentary committee for reviewing the 17th Amendment and 58-2(B).”

Zardari also spoke on the relations with the judiciary. He said, “Let not the baggage of the past hold us back.” He reiterated that his government would respect the independence of the judiciary and the freedom of the press.