Qureshi rules out ‘possibility of presidential system’

People with political awareness do not pay heed to such reports, says foreign minister

News Desk April 18, 2019

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Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has dismissed reports of any move to introduce a presidential system in the country.

Rumours have been circulating in various political and social circles regarding a plan for introducing presidential form of government in the country and the issue is being debated on the social media.

Former president Asif Ali Zardari had also expressed disapproval over the reports saying his party would oppose any move to nudge the country towards a presidential system.

Addressing the media in his home town of Multan on Thursday, Qureshi said presidential system could not be introduced without a constitutional amendment and for that, two-thirds majority was required in parliament. “Those who have the political awareness do not pay heed to the such reports," he said.

The reports, he added, were nothing but speculations spread by a particular segment to create uncertainty in the country.

Responding to a question on the involvement of India in recent terror attacks in Balochistan, the foreign minister said Islamabad, unlike New Delhi, would not hurl allegations without any concrete evidence. “Although we [Pakistan] are certain on who is involved in the terror attacks...no revelation will be made without any prior investigation”, he said.


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