Under a secret clause of an imminent power-sharing deal between the ruling Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and the Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q), Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani will have to forfeit some of the control he has exercised so far over the federal cabinet.
An understanding to this effect was reached recently at the presidency.
In a largely reduced role, as envisaged by the proposed agreement, Gilani would not be able to supervise or meddle in the affairs of 10 proposed ministers from the PML-Q. Instead, those ministers would be accountable to their own party head Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi, who would sit in the prime minister’s secretariat on a separate floor along with his party ministers — conjuring the image of a parallel administration. Read more