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'Prez's sweeping powers should be scrapped'

The Pakistan People's Party-led government should scrap the president's sweeping powers and restore the constitution to its position in October 1999 when the military took over the rule in a coup, Opposition PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif said.

world Updated: Mar 19, 2009 16:19 IST

The Pakistan People's Party-led government should scrap the president's sweeping powers and restore the constitution to its position in October 1999 when the military took over the rule in a coup, Opposition PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif said.

Sharif, who forced the PPP to reinstate judges sacked during the 2007 emergency by leading a massive protest on the issue earlier this week, said the government should also look into a Supreme Court judgement that barred him and his brother Shahbaz Sharif from electoral politics.

He said the government should scrap the 17th amendment to the constitution that gives the president sweeping powers to dismiss the prime minister and dissolve parliament and restore the constitution to its position in October 1999, when a PML-N government was removed by former military ruler Pervez Musharraf.

Sharif said the entire country had rejected the Supreme Court's judgment disqualifying him and his brother from contesting polls and holding elected office. "The federal government should look into the judgment," he told a news conference at his residence here.

After the apex court delivered its verdict on February 25, President Asif Ali Zardari imposed Governor's Rule in Punjab province, which was ruled by the PML-N. However, Sharif said there was no justification for the Governor's Rule and demanded that the PML-N government should be restored.