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Article 52 (8) b versus 47: Options for Pervaiz Mushraf

By Ali Palh, Sri Lanka

The current issue in Pakistan which is flashing-out in media, being talked among common people, discussed in lawyers’ forums, civil society gatherings, Bisness community and dominating almost every field of life is IMPEACHMENT OF PRESIDENT. Ruling coalition has decided and announced their plans to pursue the impeachment of President Pervaiz Musharaf. Since it is announced in the media that ruling coalition will carry-out impeachment against President (Rtd) Gen. Pervaiz Musharaf; general public of Pakistan is being heard saying two different opinions about his impeachment. People, who are few in numbers, and have little bit knowledge of constitution or impeachment procedure, know the strength and power of article 47 of the constitution of Pakistan, say this time parliament is in strong position and will be able to impeach president, yet majority who have witnessed or seen the use of article 58 (2) b in Pakistan’s parliamentary history opines that before parliament impeach president, he may use article 58(2) b of the constitution, dissolve assemblies and send prime minister and his cabinet to home.

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