Through The Static

August 11, 2008

Musharraf ‘unfit for office’

Filed under: Government,Grassholes,World News — disciplepete @ 5:02 pm

Al Jazeera:

Pervez Musharraf, the Pakistani president, is unfit for office and should step down, the provincial assembly in Pakistan’s Punjab region has declared.

The vote by Pakistan’s most powerful province on Monday came after Musharraf’s spokesman said the embattled president would not step down.

The ruling by the Punjab’s assembly carries no constitutional weight, but supports plans by the country’s ruling coalition to finalise charges against Musharraf.

Pakistan’s parliament was expected to discuss impeachment proceedings on Monday but these failed to get under way and the body deliberating on drafting the charge sheet postponed its meeting until Tuesday…

Charges against Musharraf have not been finalised, but the chief of the ruling party has reportedly accused the president of misappropriating hundreds of millions of dollars in US aid intended for the Pakistani military for supporting the so-called “war on terror”

…Zardari {head of the ruling coalition] claimed the American aid may have gone to fund rogue members of Pakistani intelligence – recently accused by US officials of supporting pro-Taliban militants fighting in Afghanistan.

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