LAHORE/ISLAMABAD - Federal Law Minister Farooq H Naek on Sunday presented the document of proposed constitutional package prepared by the PPP to PML-N Quaid Nawaz Sharif at a meeting held at latter's Raiwind residence, which was also attended by senior party leaders. Nawaz Sharif received the document from Mr Naek and told him that PML-N would come up with its response after its examination by the legal committee of the party. PML-N leaders including Raja Zafarul Haq, Ch Nisar Ali Khan, Khawaja Asif and Khawaja Haris were present on the occasion. Later, while talking to newsmen, the law minister said the constitutional package would be tabled in the National Assembly for debate after the coalition partners' agreement on a consensus draft. He, however, declined to give any deadline in this regard, saying the coalition partners would meet and decide a precise date. He said the judges would be restored according to the constitution through a constitutional amendment, and they would be given the seniority they had on November 3, 2007. According to the minister, no suggestion has been given in the package pertaining to fixation of tenure of the chief justice of Pakistan, and the issue has been left open to debate among the coalition partners. Naek told newsmen that constitutional package had also been sent to the leaders of Awami National Party, JUI-F and Muttahida Qaumi Movement for consideration. He said the package was not final and open to suggestions even from media and the lawyers. Naek said the draft included points regarding procedure to appoint and remove judges as well as the chief election commissioner, besides some other amendments intended to create a balance of power between the president and the prime minister. He said the 1973 constitution would be restored to its original form to establish pure parliamentary form of government in the country. The eighth and seventeenth amendments, he said, would be done away with as they stood in the way of establishing parliamentary system. Naek stated that the proposed package also contained provisions regarding reconstitution and composition of the council of common interests and national economic council. There is also a suggestion to strike out the sixth and seventh schedule from the Constitution, he said, and added that four coalition partners would sit together to finalise the draft of the package after they complete deliberations on the issue. Meanwhile, a lot of changes in the draft constitutional package were introduced following the covert input by the heads of coalition partners before its formal delivery to them a day before, and in the last couple of days the draft constitutional package had puffed up from 62-point to 80-point draft document, the sources privy to the development disclosed to TheNation. These sources further informed that on May 21 the 62-point draft constitutional package was tabled and approved by the Central Executive Committee of Pakistan People's Party but till last moment, before its delivery to the coalition partners, PPP Co-Chairman Asif Ali Zardari had inserted some new things to the document and now it swelled to 80-point package and there are still chances of more induction into the document. It was further informed that except some contentious issues like bringing the Chief Justice of Pakistan's term in some time frame and granting indemnity to the Presidential acts of November 3, the coalition partners were agreed on the constitutional package and they had also given their input, which was duly incorporated in it, even before formal delivery of the document to them. When asked the sources disclosed that there were only a few gray areas in the document and on rest of the issues from revoking of 58(2)b to curtailing the other powers of the President and delegating the same to the Prime Minister and the Parliament, all the coalition partners were unanimously standing behind it. It was further informed by the sources that a lot of spade work on the constitutional package had been made by the coalition partners, hoodwinking the media, and once the consensus on the document was achieved, the same would be placed before the media for open debate and subsequent tabling of it before the Parliament for formal approval under the title of 18th Constitutional Amendment. Meanwhile, in the backdrop of fast changes taking place on the national political front, political observers were giving special significance to the departure of PPP Co-Chairman Asif Ali Zardari to Dubai on Sunday night, ostensibly to attend to some of his family engagements there. The party sources disclosed that Asif Ali Zardari would be back by Monday evening or the next day as he was scheduled to meet with PML(N) President Shahbaz Sharif in Federal Capital. The sources said that the constitutional package was not likely be tabled before the Parliament during the current session of National Assembly starting Monday(today) evening as the coalition partners would not be able to hammer out differences on the contentious issues in next few days. The sources believed that the package would likely be tabled before the Parliament sometime in July. Federal Minister for Law Farooq H. Naek said that they wanted to revert back to the 1973 Constitution and in this regard most parts of the 8th and 17th amendments would be revoked. He further said that 6th and 7th Schedules in the constitution would also be brought into the ambit of Parliament. Earlier, changes in the subjects listed in these schedules could not be made without the consent of President of Pakistan. The soruces in the party disclosed that PPP wanted to retain the clauses in the 17th constitutional amendments under which the women and minorities seats were increased while it wanted to revoke the powers of the President given to him under this controversial amendment and to delegate it back to the Prime Minister and the Parliament. The sources further disclosed that the contentious issue of restoration of the judges was kept open for debate and proposals of the coalition partners but it was suggested that the term of Chief Justice of Pakistan should be brought under some time frame and the contention between the coalition partners was on giving five years or three years to the deposed Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry. Similarly it was further suggested that the judges' seniority should be made from the status judges were enjoying on November 2, a day before they were removed from service. But at the same time it was suggested that PCO judges would also be taken on board and all the judges would be administered oath afresh but it would not have any bearing on their seniority. The powers of suo moto would be taken back from the Chief Justice of Pakistan and would be delegated to a council of judges comprising three or four senior most judges of the apex court. Similarly it was suggested that the powers to constitute benches should also be delegated to the proposed council of judges. The upper age limit of the apex court judges would also be enhanced from 65 years to 68 years. It was further proposed that the NFC Award would be given on the basis of population and the resources in the respective province. The other major controversy was on granting of indemnity to the Presidential act of November 3 and the decision he had taken in the follow-up of imposition of emergency. The sources further disclosed that the major hurdle in the way of the two coalition partners was this issue as PPP was not ready to walk on confrontational course while PML(N) was hostile towards President and was not ready to give any concession to him. Some other sources said that both PPP and PML(N) were standing poles apart on the issues of judges restoration and granting of constitutional cover to the Presidential act of November 3. The sources close to Establishment informed The Nation that PPP had also taken Presidential Camp on board and wanted to provide constitutional cover to his November 3 acts. Political analysts were of the view that the PPP's intention to take PCO judges on board clearly indicated that they wanted to indemnify Presidential acts of November 3. The sources further disclosed that under the 'package deal' it was not possible that the PPP-led government would take an extreme step of impeaching President Pervez Musharraf. The sources standing on both sides of the fence said that even if the situation arises where President Musharraf has to bow out his acts of November 3 would be given constitutional cover and the people standing behind him would neither let the political forces drum him out or humiliate him in shape of trial under Article 6. Our Monitoring Desk: A constitutional shelter is suggested to actions taken from July 12, 2007 to December-15 2007. Under the proposed amendments in Constitution, the President will be bound to act upon the advice of Prime Minister for exercising his powers, and violators of the Constitution would be tried under treason charges. The package proposes to restore judges through a two-thirds majority and not a parliament resolution. The tenure of the chief justice will be fixed in consultation with all coalition parties. It is suggested that all the Supreme Court judges including Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry would be reinstated at their pre-Nov-3 positions. Their position as well as their seniority would be restored on Nov-2 status.    Under the proposed amendments, a parliamentary committee will recommend judges' names for appointment to the Supreme Court and high courts, and a final decision in this regard will rest with Prime Minister. Dismissal of a judge will fall within the domains of a judicial commission and not the Supreme Judicial Council. Any judge taking oath under any PCO will stand dismissed. A five-member Supreme Court bench will be authorized to take a suo moto action. The package also states that office of the Chief Justice could not gained twice by a single person. The Judges' restoration would be after consultation with the parties in coalition.