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.