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The name of former dictator Gen Ziaul Haq would be removed from the Constitution as a president after approval of the 18th amendment, Chairman Constitutional Reforms Committee (CRC) Mian Raza Rabbani told National Assembly here Tuesday. Presenting draft of the bill in NA, Rabbani, who is also Advisor to the Prime Minister, said “The president has transferred his powers to Prime Minister first time in the history of Pakistan.” As per the new legislation, he said, the 17th Constitutional Amendment, introduced by former president General Pervez Musharraf, and the Legal Framework Ordinance (LFO) would completely be scrapped. He told the house that law regarding electoral eligibility of NA members can’t be amended through an ordinance. Earlier, Rabbani moved the Eighteenth Amendment Bill 2010 in the house for further changes in the constitution. He moved a motion under rule 288 of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the National Assembly, 2007 that the requirement of rule 122 of the said Rules be dispensed with in order to take into consideration the bill further to amend the Constitution of Islamic Republic of Pakistan. Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, while opening the debate on the 18th constitutional amendment praised the political parties for their contribution to the 18th amendment. "Today, the country is united toward undoing the wrongs of dictators," Gilani said. "Our aim is to strengthen the state's institutions and in turn strengthen democracy in the country and create balance of power between the President and the Parliament," he added.
By: Ary News
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