New Pak govt can muster support for Musharraf impeachment: Zardari

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Islamabad, May 26 (UNI) Pakistan People's Party co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari has said the PPP could muster the support of as many lawmakers as required for impeaching President Pervez Musharraf.

However, he hastened to add that his party did not want to do that in order to avoid what he called a political upheaval.

In an interview to the private Express TV channel last night, the PPP leader said his party wanted to resolve all issues through dialogue and did not want confrontation with anyone.

''We are ready to hold talks with anyone, including (President) Musharraf, despite differences,'' Mr Zardari said.

He said the PPP wanted reinstatement of all judges, including deposed Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, adding that there should be no doubt about that.

He said the constitutional package seeking to drastically cut presidential powers prepared by his party was not final and it could be amended to accommodate views of coalition partners.

Mr Zardari termed the constitutional package an important turn in the country's history, adding that he wanted a thorough debate to evolve consensus on various issues.

The package was based on the Charter of Democracy and it had the support of most of the political parties, he said.

Mr Zardari said all political parties wanted to see democratic norms flourishing in the country. He added that the package could be improved through a healthy debate and in consultation with all stakeholders.

He said there was a possibility of presenting the package in the National Assembly before the budget session and holding debate on it after the budget session.

He expressed the hope that the constitutional package would be approved in July with consensus.

Mr Zardari said the PPP did not believe in politics of confrontation as it wanted reconciliation and resolution of the judicial issue through dialogue.

The PPP co-chairman said that his party believed in the supremacy of parliament and did not want confrontation with anyone, adding that politicians' job was to make possible what appeared to be impossible.


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