PM meets Zardari, discusses political, economic situation

Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani met President Asif Ali Zardari at Presidency on Monday and discussed with him overall political situation, economic and law and order situation in the country.

According to political sources, the President took the Prime Minister on board regarding his meeting with British Foreign Minister David Miliband during his visit there, while both the leaders also discussed regarding the appointment of new advisor on Finance.

Sources said that notification regarding appointment of either Dr. Hafeez Pasha or Nasim Beg would be issued soon.

Sources privy to the meeting also said that both the leaders also agreed to table the recommendations of Constitutional Reforms Committee in the parliament next week.

The President, sources added, appreciated the committee for completing almost its work and also hinted that he was ready to give back powers to the Prime Minister according to 1973 Constitution and would play his constitutional role.

According to sources, the recommendations of the Constitutional Reforms Committee would be tabled in the senate and the National Assembly by March 16 after which President would address the joint session of the parliament.

“I believe in democracy and democratic institutions completely and will accept the parliament’s decision regarding his powers, because the committee has representations of all political parties. I want to see stable democracy and parliament”, sources quoted Zardari as telling the Prime Minister.

The Prime Minister, sources said, apprised the President of the details of party parliamentary parties meetings NWFP and Punjab and agreed that the PPP will contest the local bodies elections with consultations of coalition partners and the party would be make functional and organized on all forums.

The Prime Minister, sources added, also took him on board regarding his telephonic conversation with Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif.

Sources say the parliament’s special committee for constitutional reforms would complete its recommendations in next four or five days and is expected to table in the parliament session scheduled to start from March 11.

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