Impeachment of President Musharraf

This is the text of Joint Communique adopted at the coalition partners meeting for the impeachment of President Musharraf, as read out by PPP Co-Chairman Asif Ali Zardari at a news conference on Thursday, 7th August 2008.

"In joint meetings of the ruling coalition held over the last three days at Islamabad and Karachi the coalition reaffirmed its resolve that democratic forces will work jointly for making a transition to genuine democracy.

The coalition felt that on Feb 18, 2008 the people of Pakistan gave a clear mandate in favour of democratic forces and voted for change through ouster of General Musharraf by defeating his King's party.

In spite of his clear commitment that if his party was defeated in the election he would resign, he continues to cling on to the office of President.

Notwithstanding the constitutional position of his election in October, 07 from an outgoing Parliament, he made a clear cut commitment through his attorney before Supreme Court that he will get a vote of confidence from the newly elected Assembly, which he failed to do.

He also failed to address the new Parliament as required under Article 56 of the Constitution.

The economic policies pursued by General Musharraf during last eight years have brought Pakistan to the brink of a critical economic impasse.

The incompetence and failure of his policies has thrown the country into the worst power shortage in its history. His policies have weakened the federation and eroded the trust of the nation in national institutions.

He has worked to undermine the transition to democracy through collusion with the King's party, which was rejected by the people of Pakistan.

In view of the above and his failure to take a vote of confidence from the newly elected assemblies, the coalition leadership believes that it has become imperative to move for impeachment under Article 47 against General Musharraf.

In pursuit of the above objective, the newly elected four Provincial Assemblies, being a part of the electoral college for the election of the President, will move Resolutions demanding that General Musharraf should take a vote of confidence immediately as committed before the Supreme Court.

The Coalition further decided that it will immediately initiate impeachment proceedings. The coalition leadership will present a charge sheet against General Musharraf.

The coalition leadership further resolved to restore all the judges removed through extra-constitutional means by General Musharraf on November 3, 2008 strictly in accordance with the Murree Declaration immediately after the impeachment of the President.

The meeting expressed its resolve to implement the Charter of Democracy, to work together to steer the country on to the path of constitutional governance, restoring the supremacy of the Constitution, independence of the judiciary, rule of law, and to avert the impending economic crisis, which the coalition inherited on March 31, 2008, and to fight the menaces of price hike, unemployment, poverty, and load-shedding.

The Coalition also agreed to address the volatile situation in the FATA and NWFP with policies shaped by the legitimacy of consensus in Parliament.

The Coalition Leadership expressed its clear determination for restoring genuine democracy in the country which includes repeal of the Seventeenth Amendment as enunciated in the Charter of Democracy to restore the true Federal Parliamentary system in the country, based on the 1973 constitution.

To express solidarity with the decision of the coalition to restore judges according to the Murree Declaration, the PPP has requested the PML-N to re-join the Cabinet.