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.

PTI



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

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