Expressing confidence that the ruling coalition would succeed "110 per cent" in its move to impeach President Pervez Musharraf, PPP leader Asif Ali Zardari has said he had advised the embattled leader through a "common friend" to resign two months ago but he paid no heed.
"Through a common friend, General Durrani, I had advised President Musharraf to resign two months back. But the President gave no reply," Zardari said.
The PPP Chairman, in an interview with a private TV channel last night, said he did not "want to insult any institution", including the army. "My top priority is the transition to democracy."
Zardari said he was "110 per cent sure" of the success of the impeachment move planned by the PPP-led coalition against the President.
He said that he believed the army, which is a constitutional institution, would continue discharging its constitutional obligations and would not interfere with the impeachment process.
"I am 110 per cent sure of the success of the impeachment process...We had already completed the numbers game before launching such a vital move," Zardari said.
He said that Musharraf's move to cancel his visit to China to attend the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games was an "irresponsible behaviour" because Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani had to leave for Beijing in his place at the last moment.
Zardari also clarified that he was not a candidate for the presidency and that all the judges deposed by Musharraf during last year's emergency would be reinstated.