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Musharraf Choices– Fight Or Flight!

Leaders of the Pakistan People’s Party(PPP) which dominates the government believe President Musharraf is fighting go gain several points before he submits his resignation. If Musharraf does not resign within the next 72 hours, he will most probably confront the reality of an impeachment process which will be won by parliament. Reports indicate Musharraf still believes the army will not allow the humiliation of one of its former commanders and that President Bush will be of some assistance to avoid impeachment. However, according to some sources the PPP will shortly approach Chief of Staff General Ashfaq Kayani and ask him to negotiate a deal under which Musharraf will step down from the office of president and go into exile.

The ruling coalition has the numbers in Parliament to carry through with an impeachment of the president. Asif Zardari, co-chair of the PPP put it this way: There are two schools of thought about how to deal with the current situation. “One says that in a battle field you always leave room for exist so that you lose the least and he opposition has a chance to retreat. The other school is that let him confront the enemy and let parliament do what parliaments have done to the dictators of the world.”

If Musharraf has learned anything from events of the past few years it should be never to trust George Bush’s advice. Always do the opposite.

Turmoil Continues In Pakistan Over Impeachment Issue

President Musharraf last fall fired several important judges who opposed his unilateral actions and since that moment the issue of restoring the sacked judges has plagued the Pakistan government. Upon assuming control of the government, the Pakistan Peoples Party(PPP) co-chair Asif Ali Zardari, decided the best course of action was to proceed slowly and work toward restoration of the judges while dealing with immediate issues confronting his nation. However, his coalition ally, the Pakistan Muslim League-N, led by Nawaz Sharif, insisted the judges should be restored and that Musharraf should be impeached and removed from office. Many Pakistani officials fear a confrontation between the legislature and the presidency is not appropriate at this moment such an impeachment trial would literally put the government at a standstill.

The decision of the PPP to accept demands of the PML-N is unfortunate. President Musharraf undoubtedly deserves to be removed from office, but step one should be restoring the sacked judges and waiting a few months until the volatile situation in the tribal areas has calmed down before preceding with an impeachment process.

Musharraf Fears Impeachment Process In Pakistan

President Pervez Musharraf has delayed his expected visit to the Olympic Games amidst rumors circulating that an impeachment process if being planned to remove him from office. Pakistan People Party co-chairman, Asif Ali Zardari reached a conditional agreement with Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz head, Nawaz Sharif to institute impeachment proceedings against the president if they can get the support of other parties in the ruling coalition. A major issue has been insistence on the part of Nawaz Sharif that judges who were removed by Musharraf last fall be restored to office and both parties apparently have agreed that once Musharraf is gotten rid of the issue of restoring those judges can readily be handled.

The plan is for all parties to agree on the issues that will be cited in removing the president and Musharraf will be given an opportunity to defend himself in public. President Musharraf has made a serious blunder in not confronting the issue of the sacked judges and by not assuming leadership he has caused the present crisis to emerge.