Political manoeuvring was on it’s peak in the Capital Islamabad. Martial law kept many politicians at bay, they felt something had to be done reviving their past glory. With the end of General Musharaf’s regime Constitution avenue was once again back in business. In april 2010, parliament’s building witnessed an act which would alter the governing procedure altogether.
Seasoned politicians, camouflaging their personal gains, were able to brainwash the masses regarding the need to make certain changes to the constitution. In response parliamentarians finally amended the constitution and this is known as 18th amendment.

From now onwards presidential palace standing erect beside parliament house would be of no administrative value. There was a time when presidency’s notification would create an impact so enormous that it would shake parliamentary structure and shatter major public offices, but as soon as the ink from then president Zardari’s pen created a signature impression on 18th amendment’s document, president was of ceremonial value.
Who’s willing to place his signatures on something that had been rejected by previous presidents and knowing the fact, it would fix a domain on his jurisdictions and he would have a job other than playing golf only twice a year on national days. So it’s Mr. Zardari’s will for strengthening democracy that he did sign that document?
Well stats whisper another story. Minimizing his jurisdictions is something PPP’s Co chairperson Zardari has never had a thought about. By book he might had to divert some official files towards PM office for attainment of approvals in governing matters. But one would agree to sign such a document knowing PM office is occupied by a puppet who has had nothing to do in life but to display affection for party leader. Mr. Zardari managed to handle the strings of Yousaf Raza Gillani and Raja Pervez Ashraf. Both knew that any action of theirs providing Mr. Zardari with discomfort would place question marks on their glamorous seat plus hooter on their official vehicles. Main objective of PM office kept orbiting around Mr. Zardari’s personal gains and country’s interests were thought as a thing to be seen in a rear view mirror.

Then prime minister Syed Yousaf Raza Gillani was placed in a fix between two giants when supreme court’s chief justice Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry, a known figure due to lawyers movement for restoration of judiciary, ordered him to act against president Zardari investigating his corruption cases. Gillani chose not to act option, consequent upon that decision supreme court disqualified him on charges of contempt of court. This event had it’s own depth, it was now a proven fact that Zardari’s PM would never ever act against his will.
Pakistan peoples party formed it’s coalition government with allies. Allies demanded multiple perks in exchange for their loyalty. PPP’s government kept fulfilling their needs in form of ministries. PPP’s desperation for completing five year term and narrative of never expecting a second turn in federal capital came in spotlight when an office of ceremonial status, deputy prime minister was created to attain parliamentary votes from allies and cheer them up. Chaudhry pervez Ilaihi was obliged with this newly created portfolio. That was a master move to glue some allies to government benches in the national assembly, preventing any switching towards opposition benches. Pakistan has never had any office resembilng DPM in the past, after it’s abolishment in 2013 never would any party attempt to redesign that non-essential office in a country stuck in a situation of unpaid loans.
If PPP was packing it’s luggage knowing general population in 2013 would never allow them a second turn in the capital then what was the plan of the mastermind Zardari? Surely he gave that thing a thought, he understood the fact that hot seat in Karachi would be theirs and only theirs in the decades to come due to pro-Bhutto sentiments in Sindhi population.
18th amendment was the answer, which granted the provinces an autonomous structure. Minimizing federal government’s jurisdictions was the key to the door of provincial power for PPP allowing them to rule a territory with minimal interference from federal government. Zardari’s bat went for a massive blow to his political rivals. Years to come would verify his wisdom and ability to embrace future.
18th amendment talks are being sensed in Islamabad’s air nowadays. One thing is carved in stone that PPP’s think tank would never consider negation or changes in 18th amendment. On the other hand PML n having lost it’s most adored provincial government in Punjab would give it a thought, expecting leniency from establishment.