President, Dr Arif Alvi, in an interview with local news channel said that 18th Constitutional Amendment could be modified to bring improvement only after the consensus among the federating units. He called for the capacity building of the provinces as there is ample room for improvement in the governance and reforms, particularly in the taxation system.
Replying to a question, Dr Arif Alvi said the 18th Amendment is a part of the constitution and if the constitution could be amended, then why not the 18th Amendment can be improved. Replying to another question, the President said the country has moved out of terrorism and extremism and now is heading towards economic progress.
Earlier Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) chairperson Bilawal Bhutto Zardari on Thursday (April 4) while addressing a gathering on the 40th death anniversary of Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, once again threatened the government that PPP will topple the Imran khan’s led government if 18th Amendment of the Constitution was rolled back or efforts were made to impose a One-Unit system in the country.
The Eighteenth Amendment of the Constitution of Pakistan was passed by the National Assembly of Pakistan on April 8, 2010, removing the power of the President of Pakistan to dissolve the Parliament unilaterally, turning Pakistan from a semi-presidential to a parliamentary republic, and renaming North-West Frontier Province to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
The amendment bill was passed by the Senate of Pakistan on April 15, 2010 and it became an act of parliament when President Asif Ali Zardari put his signature on the bill on April 19, 2010. It was the first time in Pakistan’s history that a president relinquished a significant part of his powers willingly and transferred them to parliament and the office of the prime minister.
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