ISLAMABAD - After the announcement of salient features of 62-point draft constitutional package aimed at reducing the President's role to a mere 'figure head of the state', Pakistan People's Party Co-Chairman, Asif Ali Zardari, Saturday said that he had never accepted Musharraf as constitutional head of the state and suggested him to step down to avoid any extreme step against him. The Pakistan Peoples Party Central Executive Committee (CEC) on Saturday put its weight behind the draft constitutional package by recommending it with voice vote which suggested curtailing of the President's powers, including revocation of Article 58(2) b, and taking back the powers of the appointment of services chiefs, chief election commission and governors from the president and delegating them to the prime minister, as was enshrined in the original 1973 Constitution. The CEC also empowered Co-Chairman Asif Ali Zardari to consult the coalition partners, lawyers and even Aiwan-e-Sadr on the package and make changes in it without disturbing the spirit and soul of the package.Zardari said that he would himself discuss the package with Mian Nawaz Sharif, ANP president Asfandyar Wali Khan, JUI (F) chief Fazlur Rehman and MQM leadership to take them along for strengthening the democratic institutions in the country. Besides the CEC members, the chief ministers of Sindh and Balochistan, federal ministers also attended the meeting presided over by the party Co-Chairman, Asif Ali Zardari. Interestingly, senior party leaders, Ch Aitzaz Ahsan and Makhdoom Amin Fahim for the first time attended the CEC meeting. He said the Law Minister Farooq H Naek would meet leaders of the parties inside and outside the Parliament with a view to taking them on board over the proposed amendments. He said Aitzaz Ahsan had agreed to a suggestion that lawyers would have a meeting with the PPP leader on the issue, so that both sides could hammer out differences, if any, over the package. Asif Ali Zardari said that his party would also consult Aiwan-e-Sadr over the package and added that they believed in dialogue and consider dialogue as their biggest weapon. Explaining salient features of the proposed amendments, Law Minister Farooq H Naek said in order to make the Parliament supreme, the powers presently enjoyed by Aiwan-e-Sadr would be delegated to the office of Prime Minister. He said under an amendment being proposed in Article one of the Constitutions, the NWFP would be renamed as Pukhtoonkhwa. He said changes in the Article-6 were also proposed and in future any judge of the high courts and supreme court validating suspension or abrogation of the Constitution shall be treated as under high treason law and would cease to be the judge of the superior courts. The Law Minister said there was also proposal to restrict the person to become President more than twice. Under another amendment a person holding another office of profit would not be qualified to hold a public office. There was also a proposal that the clause in the Constitution, which suggests disqualification of the members indulging in the criticism on the judiciary or the armed forces of the country, would be revoked. The power to appoint chief election commissioner and governors would be transferred back to the prime minister. Caretaker governments would be formed in consultations with the chairman of the Senate, Speaker of the National Assembly and governors of the provinces. There is also a proposal to elect one minority member from each province and Federal Territory to the Senate of Pakistan giving minorities an effective presence in the Upper House. It would be made mandatory to hold meeting of the Council of Common Interest twice a year to address grievances of the smaller provinces and sort out autonomy related issues. Similarly the National Economic Council would also be made more effective and NFC award would be announced after three instead of five years. Answering a question Farooq H Naek said that there was no final decision on the restriction of the limit of Chief Justice of Pakistan or the age of apex courts judges. He, however, said that after the restoration of the deposed judges they have to take fresh oath of their offices. Taking to media persons wearing a wide smile on his face, PPP Co-Chairman Asif Ali Zardari said that he was authorized by the party to hold dialogue with stakeholders on the issue and once everybody was on board the draft, constitutional package would be presented in the cabinet and then in Parliament for final approval. Answering another question about the fate of President Musharraf, he said, "We have never accepted Musharraf as constitutional president and the PPP government has a working relationship with him under the Constitution." When asked if the government plans to impeach President Musharraf, he said, "We want him to walk away rather than to face impeachment." "Democratic system and dictatorship can not go together," Zardari added. Replying to a question about the reservations of ISI about the UN probe into the assassination of Benazir Bhutto, Asif Ali Zardari said that he could not take dictation from any quarter and showed the pictures of his injured face and slit tongue published in section of press when he was in jail and said that he had not accepted the dictates of ISI in captivity how he could follow them now when he was having the mandate and made it clear that no compromise on the UN probe into the assassination of Benazir Bhutto would be made. Asif Ali Zardari congratulated the media persons over the release of a senior journalist Rehmat Shah Afridi. He said talks in this respect were held with the Punjab government.