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Parliament convenes, Prez to fight back

Musharraf said he would prove “false before the nation” all the allegations levelled against him by the ruling coalition.

world Updated: Aug 11, 2008 23:33 IST

Pakistan’s ruling coalition on Monday set in motion the process to impeach Pervez Musharraf for alleged misconduct, violation of the Constitution and financial irregularities, but the embattled President vowed to slug it out in


Parliament that began a crucial session.

Musharraf said he would prove “false before the nation” all the allegations levelled against him by the ruling coalition.

His allies say he will fight the charges. Musharraf’s spokesman on Sunday declared the president had a “clean track record” and would not resign.

The impeachment move gained momentum after the Punjab provincial assembly voted overwhelmingly for a resolution asking him to quit or seek a vote of confidence in parliament. Ignoring mounting pressure from both friends and foes to quit before the National Assembly initiates the impeachment process, Musharraf said he would prove “false before the nation” all the allegations levelled against him by the ruling coalition.

The session of the 342-member Assembly commenced on Monday evening as the PPP-led coalition said it has drawn up an “unimpeachable” chargesheet listing allegations of misconduct, violation of Constitution and financial irregularities.

“It will be an unimpeachable document supported by documentary evidence of all the acts of omission and commission committed by Musharraf that make him liable to impeachment several times,” PPP spokesman Farhatullah Babar said.