The meeting of the parliamentary committee on constitutional reforms was inconsequential, even as described by its chairman, Senator Reza Rabbani, and its only decisions were that present provincial boundaries would be left undisturbed, and that the NWFP would not be renamed Pakhtoonkhwa. The committee added its voice to those calling for the province to be renamed by noting that this should be done, but noting that it should only be done when a political consensus existed. Though the committee did discuss the 17th Amendment, it did not come out with any solid conclusions on it, though it is the real reason for the establishment of the committee. The presidential powers under the 17th Amendment, which are one of the last vestiges of Gen (retd) Pervez Musharrafs military rule, are no closer to abolition, though the committee noted that all parties wish its abolition. The committee should move more swiftly if it wishes to avoid the charge that it is merely a device to delay the process. Apart from deciding that provincial boundaries should remain the same, the committee also decided that, after the expiry of the schedule protection to the local bodies, the provincial governments would determine their fate. The committee should concentrate on evolving an agreement on the presidential powers, and work out how to take them out of the Constitution. That the committee noted that the 17th Amendment could not be abolished because it would affect the present Parliament hardly deserved a separate meeting, unless it made progress on substantive issues. The committee will not get to grips with the real question before it, the 17th Amendment, if it prefers to fritter away its time over non-issues like the names of provinces, provincial boundaries and local body laws. The committee should be aware that it is a microcosm of Parliament, and not only does it represent it, but because of that, the eyes of the entire nation are upon it.