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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s former federal interior minister Rehman Malik cannot be appointed adviser to President Asif Ali Zardari under rules, the cabinet told the presidency yesterday.
“There is no provision in the law to appoint any person adviser to the president,” stated the gist of cabinet division Secretary Nargis Sethi’s written response to the presidency, a senior official said.
The presidency had earlier sent a proposal for appointing Malik as Zardari’s adviser on interior and foreign affairs to the cabinet division, seeking its comments in light of the Federal Government Rules of Business 1973.
When contacted, presidential spokesman and Senator Farhatullah Babar said no notification or summary in this regard has been received yet.