Islamabad, Apr.7 (ANI): In what seems to be an attempt by Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani to ‘soothe’ President Asif Ali Zardari, he has described ‘power’ as a game of ‘musical chairs’.
Initiating a debate on the 18th Constitutional Amendment bill in Parliament, Gilani said he has had talks with Zardari over the bill, which would see some key powers of the President being clipped, and urged him to work together to strengthen the state’s institutions.
“When I met President Zardari, I said power is a game of musical chairs. One should not go after a thing that is not permanent. Therefore, we need to strengthen institutions and not persons,” The Daily Times quoted Gilani, as saying.
Gilani said the 18th Constitutional Amendment bill was a dividend of politics of reconciliation, and added that it would strengthen institutions and create a balance of power between the President and Parliament.
“It was the acumen of all political forces, including Benazir Bhutto and Nawaz Sharif, who realised their past mistakes and signed the Charter of Democracy for the restoration of real democracy in the country,” Gilani said.
Gilani stressed that the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) government believed in national harmony, and that it would make ‘all-out efforts’ to resolve problems facing the country. (ANI)