Zardari signs 18th amendment bill
NISAR AHMED THOKAR
Islamabad, Apr 19: In a bid to strengthen parliamentary democracy in Pakistan, President Asif Ali Zardari has signed the 18th Constitutional Amendment Bill which was unanimously approved by the National Assembly as well as Senate recently.
The signing ceremony of the historic draft was held at presidential house here on Monday, which was attended by Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani, cabinet members, PML-N Chief and former premier Nawaz Sharif, chief ministers and governors of all the four provinces and several others.
The passage of bill is considered as the landmark achievement of the democratic dispensation. As per the bill president who used to be the most powerful person of the country could no longer have the authority to dismiss the Prime Minister or dissolve the National Assembly.
The constitutional amendment was deemed as a step forward towards provincial autonomy as the bill proposed the abolition of concurrent legislative list.
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