The United States has termed impeachment of President Pervez Musharraf by the government as Pakistan’s internal matter, sources said. Earlier, Co-chairman Pakistan People’s Party, Asif Ali Zardari at a joint press conference with Pakistan Muslim League-N Chief, Nawaz Sharif, here at Zardari House announced that President Pervez Musharraf would have to face impeachment under Article 47 of the Constitution if he fails to take vote of confidence from the assemblies immediate.
The announcement came after two-days of marathon meetings held by the ruling coalition. President Musharraf had failed to seek a vote of confidence from the new parliament or to address the national assembly, and that he had “worked to undermine the transition to democracy,” Asif Zardari said.
The President weakened the Federation and eroded the trust of the nation.” He said the coalition has resolved that the President sacked the top judiciary through “extra-constitutional means.” The policies pursued by the President Musharraf led government are responsible for the “economic impasse, worst power shortage in the history,” he said. “It has now become imperative to impeach President Pervez Musharraf under Article 47,” Asif Zardari said. The President had said he would step down if his party faces defeat in the general elections, he said. The people gave their mandate to the democratic forces, he added.
Impeachment decision in haste; politicians playing with fire: Amin Fahim
Chairman Pakistan Peoples Party Parliamentarians (PPPP) Makhdoom Amin Fahim has said the coalition government has made a sensitive decision to impeach the president in haste like other decisions the coalition made in the past. Talking to media on Thursday, Amin Fahim said time is not right for the impeachment of the president as he was afraid that politicians are playing with fire: “God help us and our country.”
Clashes between the pillars of state can damage the democracy. The foremost task behind the coalition is to improve the country’s economy, condition of the people energies should be used to strengthen democratic institutions. And after that such decisions can be taken after strengthening the democratic institutions as every action has a reaction he does not know what kind of reaction could come from the presidency.
He pointed out that in the joint press conference two important coalition members were missing. Despite in the capital Maulana Fazalur Rehman opted to stay out and ANP leader Asfandyar Wali also did not attend the joint press conference. The question of restoration of judiciary has also been put behind the back burner. This is a wishful thinking that impeachment would be successful if not what would be done to restore the judiciary. Responding to a question he expressed his ignorance on the question that the president would dissolve the assembly adding that such question should be asked from the president.
PA passes resolution to remove 58-2B
Punjab Assembly through a unanimously passed resolution here on Thursday recommended to the federal government to take initiative for removing article 58-2B from the constitution of Pakistan. PML-Q (forward block) member Raja Shaukat Aziz moved the resolution while none of his colleagues from opposition benches opposed it.
The mover observed that the said article empowers one man to dissolve assemblies and what he termed it as ‘kill’ democracy and public opinion. He said that the article 58-2b negates the spirit of democracy and is a clear contradiction of the concept of Islamic Democratic Republic of Pakistan. The article should be removed at the earliest, he added.
A senior member of the house Mian Rafique said that removal of the article is of vital importance but practically it is difficult to ‘bell the cat’. The provincial law minister Rana Sana Ullah Khan said that political leadership of coalition government is engaged at Islamabad to make arrangements to ‘bell the cat’.
He expressed confidence that people’s opinion will dominate and democratic forces emerge as victorious. The minister congratulated the people of Punjab and their elected representatives for taking the lead in passing such a highly important resolution. He thanked the opposition for its positive contribution in this regard. Acting speaker Rana Mashood Ahmed Khan was chairing the house. -SANA