Charge sheet against Musharraf finalized by the ruling coalition

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Islamabad, Aug 17 : Pakistan's ruling coalition's draft committee today finalized the charge sheet against President Pervez Musharraf.

According to The News, Federal Information Minister Sherry Rehman told reporters in Islamabad after the final round of consultations of the committee that the draft of the charge sheet has been finalized which will be presented to the leaders of the ruling coalition on Monday.

Sherry said that the impeachment motion would be tabled in National Assembly next week and added President Musharraf could resign according to Article 44 of the constitution.

Federal Law Minister Farooq H. Naek and other members of draft committee were given the task of finalizing the charge sheet against the President, whose concluding session was held today.

Around 20 allegations including gross misconduct and violation of the Constitution have been levelled against the President in the charge sheet.

The alliance sources are satisfied that all the benchmarks set for the different committees have been achieved for the success of the impeachment and the leadership of the alliance is satisfied that the committees have been performing their functions satisfactorily.

Law and Justice Ministry experts are said to be surprised over the document prepared by the drafting committee that is comprehensively in line with the demands of the Constitution and law.

Political observers are of the view that Musharraf is on the way to losing everything with every passing minute since the ruling alliance is not inclined to extend the deadline that it has determined for the conclusion of the impeachment.

Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has already warned the president that with the commencement of the impeachment process, any chance of amnesty recedes.

It has been hinted by sources in the Presidency that former law minister Abdul Hafeez Pirzada would appear in parliament in the event of impeachment hearing. The president has engaged him and he is preparing the case on his behalf.

Syed Sharifuddin Pirzada did not rule out the possibility of challenging the process in the court of law by saying that all this was hypothetical at this stage. ANI)

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