Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif Saturday said he was ready to accept Asif Zardari as president if he does away with powers to dissolve parliament. Former president Pervez Musharraf had strengthened his powers through a 17th constitutional amendment, which gave the president the power to dismiss the government and dissolve parliament. Zardari won the unanimous backing of lawmakers from the Pakistan People's Party (PPP) on Friday but has yet to announce if he will stand in the September 6 poll. Sharif, whose party is a major partner with the PPP in the ruling coalition, made his comments came after a PPP delegation met him to solicit his support for Zardari in the election. "I have no objection over Mr Zardari contesting presidential election, if he removes the 17th amendment," Sharif told reporters at his residence after meeting the PPP delegation led by Information Minister Sherry Rahman.