Zardari`s power to appoint Army Chief slashed: Report
Last Updated: Friday, January 15, 2010, 19:20
Islamabad: After loosing control over Pakistan's nuclear button, President Asif Ali Zardari's key power to appoint the three service chiefs are to be taken away from him and vested with the prime minister, a media report has said.

The Constitutional Reform Committee has transfered the authority to appoint service chiefs from the president to the prime minister in a move to clip the power's of the president, the Dawn news said.

The news channel quoting sources said yesterday the decision was unanimously agreed upon by all the major political parties, including the Pakistan People's Party, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, Muttahida Qaumi Movement and the Awami Muslim league.

In a key amendment to Article 243 of the constitution, the president will now have to consult the prime minister of Pakistan, before appointing service chiefs, the report said.

Last November Zardari had stepped down as the chairman of National Command Authority, handing over the nuclear button to Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani under a new power sharing equation.

Writing an Oped piece in The Washington Post today, Zardari said he was working with the Parliament to run the country.

"I am working with Parliament to run a country, not a political campaign. The goal of our democratic government is to implement policies that will dramatically improve the lives of Pakistanis. In time, good policies will become good politics," he wrote in the US daily.


First Published: Friday, January 15, 2010, 19:20

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