President agrees to clip his powers

President Asif Ali Zardari has agreed on transferring his powers with respect to appointment of services chiefs, chairman joint chiefs of staff committee and governors to prime minister and he has informed parliament committee for constitutional reforms on this count.

Sources close to president Asif Ali Zardari told, some federal ministers and close associates of president Asif Ali Zardari, during the party meetings in Karachi and Islamabad had asked him not to withdraw from his power all at once as he would grow weaker this way. On the other hand President Asif Ali Zardari refused to accept their advice saying he wanted restoration of 1973 constitution in its original form and he would deliver his promises made with Mian Nawaz Sharif and his allies in this respect.

President was of the view he made it clear twice in his address to the parliament that it should decide about his powers, therefore, he would agree with parliamentary committee report.

Sources told president had also agreed in principle to undo 58/2-b and 17th amendment while some close aides of the president had advised him not to make the prime minister so stronger. President told that prime minister also belonged to his party.

Sources revealed president has also agreed on making appointments of auditor general of Pakistan, chief election commissioner and other constitutional inductions on the advice of the prime minister.

President had summoned Mian Raza Rabbani, chairman constitutional reforms committee and asked him to work freely and vest powers with the president what are laid down in 1973 constitution.

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