In Pakistan we have two centres of power i.e. the President as the head of state, and the Prime Minister as the head of government. Under this system two separate houses are maintained, the cost of which are a burden on our economy. Pakistan as a poor country cannot afford to have two centres of power. Moreover, we’ve seen that the President of our state is no more than a figurehead today and all real power lies with the Prime Minister. Even his annual address to Parliament has to be vetted by the PM. As such, the office of President is a relic of the past. As such the two offices, of the president and prime minister., need to be fused in one office which will wield the powers of the head of state and government.

DR. MUHAMMAD YAQOOB BHATTI,

Lahore, July 28.