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PPP: New Parliament can impeach Mush
Afzal khan writes from Islamabad

The Pakistan People’s Party of Benazir Bhutto has said the new parliament elected in January 8 elections can consider impeaching President Musharraf for defacing the constitution through a flurry of amendments.

Senator Latif Khosa addressing a news conference here said the latest raft of constitution amendment by Musharraf, before lifting the emergency, were designed only to provide protection to his own illegal actions.

Khosa’s statement is the strongest rap on Musharraf from the party and runs counter to Bhutto’s substantially subdued criticism of Musharraf’s actions. She welcomed his decision to quit his army post on November 28 and the latest lifting of emergency on Saturday

Bhutto is also cautiously carrying out her election campaign and has avoided a direct assault on Musharraf though the main theme of her election speeches is focused on serious apprehensions that election would be rigged. In sharp contrast another former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is directly targeting Musharraf accusing him of destroying the Constitution, the judiciary and the media. Sharif says he will turn the election into a referendum against Musharraf. He has vowed to reinstate deposed judges if he comes to power while Bhutto only says she would restore the independence of judiciary.

Musharraf has provided constitutional cover to all his actions and barred courts from challenging these. Senator Khosa heads the monitoring cell of the PPP and was in the forefront of the lawyers’ movement when Musharraf sacked Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry on March 9.

Khosa said Musharraf had defaced the 1973 constitution and it was strange that the he was providing ‘protection’ to his own actions through a series of amendments.

“The new Parliament could impeach Musharraf if he did not restore the constitution to its original shape and failed to develop a working relationship with the Parliament, said Khosa adding that Musharraf had subjugated all state institutions by making unprecedented constitutional amendments and it would be unacceptable for the PPP if he continued to have powers such as those for dissolving the Parliament and the authority to appoint the military chief, he said.

“The opposition can consider impeaching the President if it secures two-thirds majority in the next parliamentary setup,” Khosa said.

Former state minister for information Senator Tariq Azim scoffed at Khosa’s threat and said he and her leader were living in a fantasy land by hoping to get two-third majority in the election.

He pointed out that an impeachment resolution can be moved by not less than half of the total membership of either the national Assembly or the Senate. For its approval the majority is required in a joint session of both houses.



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