How Does Pakistan’s President’s Powers Are Limited by the 18th Amendment?
The seventeenth amendment to the Constitution and Legal Framework (LFO) of dictator Pervez Musharraf was repealed by parliament. President Asif Ali Zardari called for the formation of an all-party committee to study the 17th Amendment and Article 58 2 b in a joint session of Parliament on September 20, 2008. (b).
Islamabad, (PNB NEWS). The 18th Amendment bill was passed by National Assembly on April 08, 2010.
The Eighteenth Amendment removes the presidential power of liquefying the Parliament by one-sided decision.
Article 58 2 b, which empowered the country’s president to dissolve the lower house (National Assembly) was abrogated by the Eighteenth Amendment.
Even though Pakistani former President Asif Ali Zardari was in office at that time, he relinquished his ultimate powers in order to strengthen democracy.
The main feature of the 18th amendment is that it gives the provinces more autonomy.
Before the Eighteenth Amendment, the provincial governor could dissolve the provincial legislature by invoking Article 112 of the Pakistani constitution.
By presidential decree, Article 112 gave the governor the authority to dissolve the provincial legislature; however, Article 112 was omitted.
In other words, Pakistan’s president is no longer able to engage in undemocratic activities because of the 18th Amendment.
The 18th Amendment also prevents the president from holding a referendum to re-elect him as head of state.