Pakistan on Saturday came closer to stripping the sweeping powers of the President and transfer them to Parliament with Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani sending the landmark constitutional amendment package to incumbent Asif Ali Zardari to be signed into law.
Gilani sent the 18th constitutional amendment bill, which has already been passed with a two-thirds majority in both houses of parliament, to the President after receiving it from the parliamentary affairs ministry, Geo News channel quoted its sources as saying.
Once Zardari signs the bill, its 102 clauses will become part of the constitution.
The bill is aimed at stripping the President of his sweeping powers, including the powers to appoint the three service chiefs, dissolve the National Assembly and dismiss the elected premier. The sweeping powers will be reverted back to the office of Prime Minister.
It is also aimed at removing changes made to the constitution by former military rulers Zia-ul-Haq and Pervez Musharraf.