Apr 172008

By Mazhar TufailISLAMABAD: The ruling coalition has decided not to impeach President Pervez Musharraf while the military leadership will not oppose the resolution for the restoration of the deposed judges to be moved in the National Assembly, authoritative sources told The News here on Wednesday.

“The ruling coalition will not go for the impeachment of President Musharraf and, instead, will repeal the Article 58-2(B) of the Constitution to render him just a figurehead president,” a source in the ruling coalition told The News.

The source, wishing not to be identified, said that when a resolution would be moved in the National Assembly for the restoration of the deposed judges next week, after the completion of consultation among all the coalition partners, it would not be opposed by any quarter in the military.

When The News approached some important figures in the military for confirmation, they stated in explicit terms that parliament, which has the legal right to decide the judicial crisis, particularly with regard to the future of the deposed judges, had been elected and the Army or its attached departments had nothing to do with the matter.

“No doubt the Army has been playing a role in national politics in the past. But in the wake of the February 18 elections and also particularly following the policy adopted by General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, now the service has nothing to do with politics,” a military source said, requesting anonymity.

After the assurance extended by the Army, the source said all the ruling coalition partners were unanimous that the deposed judges should be reinstated at the earliest. He said that the resolution for the restoration of the deposed judges and constitutional package would be introduced in the National Assembly the same day.

“The draft for fixing the service tenure of the judges is being finalised. In this regard, the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) is of the view that the term of the superior court judges should be fixed like in other institutions, including the services chiefs, the Senate chairman and the president,” the source said.

“Pakistan Muslim League (N) chief Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has sought some time for consulting his party leaders on this particular proposal of the PPP,” he added.


Courtesy: The News, 17/4/2008

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