President Zardari signs 18th Amendment Bill

President Asif Ali Zardari has signed the 18th constitutional amendment bill on Monday to make it part of the constitution.

Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, Muslim League (N) Chief Nawaz Sharif , provincial governors and chief ministers and other top officials attended the signing ceremony held at the Presidency.

The National Assembly and Senate had passed the amendment bill with overwhelming majority. The 18th constitutional amendment will thoroughly overhaul the constitution and curtail the crucial powers of the President.

Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, Senator Raza Rabbani, the head of the constitutional reforms committee of the parliament and Minister of Law Dr Babar Awan also spoke on the occasion.

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  1. President Asif Ali Zardari said that 18th amendment had closed the doors on dictators taking over, but added, “mishaps can take place”. Legally, constitutionally, even politically, the 18th Amendment has strengthened Article 6, which defines high treason, and added a specific sub-clause, barring the courts from validating military coups or the illegal removal of governments, as it had happened in the case of Musharraf, validated by Cheap Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, in Islam a judge cannot re- claim his seat if he has supported illegitimate action in any point of time or strengthened the strong against the weak and more openly, CJP is indirectly responsible for all the mishaps to this country. Had he not validated the rule of a dictator, country would not have faced so much turmoil. Having achieved endorsement and legitimacy through the 2000 verdict of the Supreme Court, which gave him three years as the chief executive and even powers to amend the constitution, Musharraf held a fraudulent referendum in 2002 and anointed himself as the President of Pakistan. Our history depicts the importance of the judiciary’s role in legitimising every usurper. The judiciary has always been the vehicle of legitimising the illegal removal of elected governments, from Justice Munir onwards.. Article 6 now clearly states that anyone validating such coups is also guilty of high treason.

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