Pakistan's president says he will not let his nation's sovereignty be violated by "any power" in the fight against terrorism.
Zardari's sovereignty warning
ISLAMABAD // Pakistan's new president says his nation will not tolerate a violation of its sovereignty by "any power" in the name of fighting terrorism, a clear signal to the US to avoid cross-border strikes. Asif Ali Zardari also asked parliament to form a committee to consider reducing the presidential powers enhanced under his predecessor, Pervez Musharraf. "Never before in the history of this country has a president given away his powers," Mr Zardari said in an address to a joint session of parliament today.
Mr Zardari, the widower of the ex-prime minister Benazir Bhutto leads the main ruling party and was elected president earlier this month. He is considered generally pro-American and has warned that battling terrorism is Pakistan's chief challenge. * Agencies