* Kaira says Zardari wants to hand over some authority to parliament
* No rift between PPP, PML-N. Govt determined to eliminate terrorists

President Asif Ali Zardari is willing to curtail presidential powers given under Article 58(2b), Federal Information Minister Qamar Zaman Kaira said on Tuesday.

Kaira told a private TV channel that the president wanted to hand over some of the authority to parliament, and was also ready to transfer the powers related to the dissolution of assemblies and the appointment of services chiefs to Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani. He said the president wanted continuity and stability in the parliamentary system.

No rift: He said there was no rift between the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP).

Replying to a question, he said Zardari and Nawaz Sharif had agreed to prepare a draft of constitutional amendments in light of the Charter of Democracy (CoD), but they had not given a deadline for this purpose.

Daily Times