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Government, allies agree to amend constitution again

July 06, 2012


President Asif Ali Zardari chairs a meeting of allies parties at the presidency. – File Photo by APP

ISLAMABAD: The government and its coalition partners late on Friday agreed to bring 21st and 22nd constitutional amendments, which will also allow dual nationals to contest elections, DawnNews reported.

The meeting at the Presidency was chaired by President Asif Ali Zardari, Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf and former premier Yousuf Raza Gilani also attended it.

Federal Law minister Farooq H. Naek briefed the meeting over proposed bills regarding contempt of court and dual nationality before tabling it in the National Assembly.

The meeting approved 21st and 22nd amendments in the constitution. The latter will allow people having dual nationality to participate in general elections.

The law minister also informed the meeting that process of related lawmaking was in progress over contempt of court issue.

The meeting also decided to protect decisions taken by former PM Gilani between April 26 and June 19.

Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) leader Chaudhry Pervez Elahi, Awami National Party (ANP) leaders Haji Adeel and Afrasiab Khatak, Muttaihida Quami Movement (MQM) leader Dr Farooq Sattar, Meer Israrullah Zahri and Munir Orakzai were among other coalition leaders participated in the meeting.