Impeaching Musharraf will not end the problems

August 7, 2008

Pakistan’s fractious coalition has agreed to begin impeachment proceedings against President Pervez Musharraf but can it really pull it off ?  Do they have the numbers — the two-thirds majority required from the National Assembly and  Senate combined? Impeachement is like a trial, so what charges will they bring against him?

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And then there is the army, still arguably the most powerful institution in a country of 160 million people battling Islamist extremism, tension on its borders with India and Afghanistan where U.S. led coalition forces are hunkered down, and facing an economic meltdown.

Do Asif Ali Zardari and Nawaz Sharif have the consent of the army to go after one of its own in such humiliating fashion?

The questions are jumping off the pages as Pakistanis debate the latest twist in a political drama playing out against the backdrop of a country increasingly restless with the heavy weight of its ally the United States on the one hand, and the rising power of Islamist forces on the other.

Is this for real, asks Adi Najam at All Things Pakistan, wondering if the impeachment proposal was more an attempt to keep the four-month-old coalition going, given that the numbers don’t seem to add up.

Then there is the external factor.  Are Washington, Beijing and Riyadh — three of Pakistan’s closest allies — in favour of the impeachment decision, a post on the Pakistan Policy Blog asks.

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Musharraf, though, is not taking the threat lightly, and is lining up his supporters to fight the impeachment bill, according to the Daily Times.  The opposition has warned that the president might invoke Article 58(2b), the law that gives him power to dissolve the National Assembly.

When all is done, however, Pakistan must face the crises that dog the country and these will not disappear with Musharraf’s departure, if it comes to pass, as the Dawn notes. It listed the three main ones as the economic downturn, an unstable transition to democracy and an “explosive cocktail of militants rampaging across the country”.

Comments

Mr Mush technically can be tried for treason because he usurped power by deposing a civilian government.But then again paki democracy has its own sweet way of entertaining.Paki answer to bollywood :P ak democracy.
You guys sbhould bring out a greatest hits album.

Posted by Shantanu Chatterjee | Report as abusive
 

Impeachment of Mush will indeed not end Pakistan’s problems except the problem of Mush. Once the problem of Mush is solved the government can at least take charge and start tackling the problems, the country is faced with, in a meaningful way.

Impeachment of Mush is being done strictly according to the provisions of the constitution of Pakistan. Mush will have full opportunity to defend himself against the charges levelled against him in accordance with the provisions of the constitution. So what is wrong with it? He has no grounds to dismiss a recently elected government in exercise of his powers under article 58(2)(b) of the constitution usurped by him through a constitutional amendment. Army has no reason to intervine in a democratic process permissible by the constitution of Pakistan. The army is also well aware that people of Pakistan are not in a mood to tolerate any intervention from it. They have seen what the army rule has done for them in last 9 years.

There are clear signs that America is also losing interest in Mush. They have come to realize that the facility provided to them by Mush for one window shopping is not in their long term interest. It is better to win the support of 165 million people of Pakistan who in the last elections clearly voted against Mush and overwhelmingly rejected the religious parties and brought in power a secular party in the North West Frontier Province of Pakistan which is the centre of milltants activities.

You will be surprised to know how the numbers will add up once the motion is placed before the house. Very few politicians will risk their political future by supporting the most hated person in Pakistan. Politicians know all this more than political analysts and journalists. And as it is in Pakistan politicians are more inclind to worship a rising sun than bow before a setting sun.

Mush’s goose, as far as I can see, has been cooked good and proper. Let us see how well he fights his case. If I were his lawyer I will make the plea for his mental incapacity. His just one remark yesterday is enough to prove it. He said: I have never violated the constitution of Pakistan.

Posted by Kabir Das | Report as abusive
 

Shantanu Chatterjee & Kabir Das
Lay off guys, this is an internal matter of Pakistan. It is none of India’s business.

Posted by UMPK | Report as abusive
 

Pakistan’s political problems can be traced back to the country’s first post independence government; it was undemocratic. When Musharraf usurped power nine years ago, he was only exploiting to weaknesses in the country’s political system that were already there. He was not the first to do so either and worse still, will not be the last.
The Pakistan has serious political and economic problems which are all affecting people’s daily lives. The new government should be addressing these problems. And yet, since its election in February the new government has had its eyes on other things including what to do with Musharraf. There are therefore two good reasons why Musharraf should be impeached: 1) he is a distraction that will simply not go away until it is dealt with. 2) Pakistan must uproot this fundamental weakness in its political system which has allowed rogue soldiers to impose their rule on the nation.
Children will pay for the sins of their fathers; in this case, Pakistan has been paying for the sins of the nation’s founding grandfathers, 61 years now. The nation has a clear choice; to beat the bullet and uproot this political cancer or live in fear of when the malignant cancer will manifest itself once again!

Posted by Wilbert Mukori | Report as abusive
 

excellent ,Thanks for the post

 

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