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.