Pakistan's new president, Asif Ali Zardari, made his first parliamentary address on Saturday, asking parliament to reduce his power. He also said Pakistan's sovereignty would not be threatened over foreign anti-terrorism measures.
Pakistan's new President Asif Ali Zardari Saturday called for a parliamentary committee to investigate abolishing his powers to dissolve the assembly and dismiss the government.
"Never before in the history of this country has a president given away his powers," Zardari said in an address to a joint session of parliament.
Zardari won a presidential election this month to replace firm
Zardari is close to the
Zardari, the widower of assassinated former prime minister Benazir Bhutto, did not refer directly to the
"We will not tolerate the violation of our sovereignty and territorial integrity by any power in the name of combating terrorism," Zardari said in his first address to a joint sitting of parliament.
At the same time,
"I ask of the government that it should be firm in its resolve to not allow the use of its soil for carrying out terrorist activities against any foreign country," Zardari said.
"We must root out terrorism and extremism wherever and whenever they may rear their ugly heads," Zardari said.
Date created : 2008-09-20