KARACHI - Attorney-General of Pakistan Sardar Latif Khosa Friday flip-flopped on the Local Bodies term after presidential spokesman bulldozed his statement that President Asif Ali Zardari had extended the mandate of the LG System till December 31. Latif Khosa while talking to the media in Karachi said the LBs term has been extended to give time to coalition partners to take decision on future of the system. Responding to a question, the AG said the 17th Amendment cannot be fully repealed, saying that the National and Provincial Assemblies would be affected in case of complete abolition of the Amendment. He said the 17th Amendment has some good points also. Online adds: Soon after Khosas statement, Spokesperson of President House in a statement, issued in Islamabad, declined any extension in the deadline for LBs, saying the Law Ministry would take decision on the system. He said the decision on LG System would be taken after report from Law Ministry. He said the provinces are not independent in taking decision on LBs. Later, in an interview with the state-run TV, Khosa clarified that no decision has yet been taken to extend the tenure of Local Bodies by December 2009. He said he never said about the extension of the term of Local Bodies, and wrong interpretation of his statement was being aired by some private TV channels. The decision about the fate of local bodies would be taken in consultation with all the stakeholders. Every suggestion would be considered and also implemented, if all stakeholders agree to it, he maintained. Regarding a statement attributed to him about extending the tenure of local bodies by Dec 31, he said, he told a questioner that the local bodies were a provincial subject; and all provinces are being consulted before taking a final decision about the fate of the system. He said reforms would be introduced in local bodies system only after evolving consensus of four provinces. To a question, he said only contentious clauses of 17th Amendment would be removed, while non-controversial clauses like enhancement of women seats, reduction of voters age, etc., would not be touched.