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Pressure mounts on Musharraf to quit or be impeached
August 10, 2008 20:55 IST
Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf [Images] on Sunday faced charges of 'misappropriating' $700 million of anti-terror aid provided by the United States to the country, a day before the process to impeach him is to begin in Parliament.
Firing a fresh salvo against the beleaguered former army chief, ruling Pakistan People's Party chief Asif Ali Zardari accused Musharraf, who has often targeted the country's politicians for indulging in corruption, of misappropriation and said 'rogue' ISI members could have benefited from it.
As the ruling coalition prepared a 'comprehensive and solid' chargesheet to nail 64-year-old Musharraf down in an impeachment motion to be brought in the National Assembly session starting on Monday, the President faced mounting pressure from friends and foes to step down.
Cracks have already appeared in Musharraf's main ally Pakistan Muslim League-Q with MP Sardar Bahadur Khan Sihar advising the President to gracefully quit and claiming to have the 'support' of a dozen MPs and a couple of senators. Four independent FATA senators have also asked Musharraf to quit and pledged to support the impeachment motion.
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