Zardari offers to give up special powers to dissolve Parliament
Addressing one of the concerns of estranged ally PML-N, Pakistan's new president offered to give up his extraordinary powers to dismiss the government and dissolve Parliamentworld Updated: Sep 20, 2008 20:13 IST
Pakistan's new President Asif Ali Zardari on Saturday offered to give up his extraordinary powers to dismiss the government and dissolve Parliament, addressing one of the concerns of estranged ally PML-N.
He sought the setting up of a parliamentary committee to work out the modalities to take away these special powers and re-establish the "supremacy of Parliament".
PML-N leader and former premier Nawaz Sharif had said before the presidential election that he was ready to accept Zardari in the top post if he does away with the power to dissolve Parliament, which was effected by former military ruler Pervez Musharraf through a constitutional amendment.
"Never before in the history of this country has a president given away his powers," Zardari told Parliament in his maiden address to the joint sitting of the two Houses.
The new president suggested that an all-party committee should "revisit" the constitutional amendments made by his predecessor Musharraf.
"Another responsibility rest on your shoulders: this is the removal of the distortions in the constitution made by successive dictators to prolong their rules," he said.
"As head of the state I wish to make it very clear that the president and the government must always seek guidance from the parliament in carrying out our duties," he said.
"We are committed to upholding the sanctity of the constitution, the supremacy of the Parliament and the rule of law," Zardari said.