ISLAMABAD: President Musharraf ready to face the music

Reiterating his firm commitment to defend himself, President Pervez Musharraf on Friday made it clear that he would not resign and face the music.

The president expressed these views during his meetings with PML-Q President Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain, opposition leader Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi, former ambassador the US Maleeha Lodi, Attorney-General Malik Qayyum, legal experts and others at the Presidential Camp Office in Rawalpindi on Friday.

Sources siad a host of issues regarding current political scenario, possibility of tabling a charge-sheet against the president, impeachment move and future course of action was discussed in length. The president was unambiguous that he will not resign as he has been elected by parliament, urging that he is a constitutional head of state.

He accused Nawaz Sharif of indulging in confrontational politics and wants to destabilise country’s political scenario. Sources further say the president was bewildered and shocked to hear the news of his quitting the office, adding they are false and fabricated.

The president maintained that he has not committed any crime and is ready to face impeachment. Sources said the Chaudhry brothers told the president that they will support him through thick and thin, as the PML-Q is his (Musharraf) party.

On the other hand, the PPP and the PML-N appear to be at odds as the latter is pressing hard for the trial of President Musharraf following his impeachment or stepping down while the former is not showing any hard stance over the issue.

Meanwhile, PML-Q president Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain on Friday said President Musharraf will face the charges against him when an impeachment motion was tabled in parliament. Talking to a private television channel, the PML-Q chief said so far nothing with regard to impeachment charges has been made public and the president and his supporters are waiting for the same.

Responding to a question about reports in Western media regarding resignation of President Musharraf prior to the impeachment move, he said there is no truth in these reports because the president is committed to face the situation and he has no intention to resign.

The PML-Q leader said there is no provision in the constitution that allows provincial assemblies to pass no-confidence motions against the president. The PML-Q head said President Musharraf has the constitutional right to explain his position at the forum of parliament.

He was of the opinion that President Musharraf has many options to use with regard to impeachment move but the selection would be made in accordance with the conditions that would emerge after the move is brought to parliament.

The PML-Q chief further said the president does not need any safe passage, adding that this term is being floated only to pressurise him. However, a spokesman of the president on Friday termed “incorrect” a report in a section of the media regarding meeting of President Pervez Musharraf with Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain and Pervaiz Elahi. “No such meeting took place,” the spokesman said.

Source: The News, 16/8/2008


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