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Punjab lawmakers accuse Musharraf

August 12, 2008|From Times Wire Reports

Lawmakers in Pakistan's most powerful province have accused President Pervez Musharraf of gross misconduct and demanded he step down.

Legislators in Punjab province's assembly voted 321 to 25 for the anti-Musharraf resolution, even drawing support from 35 members of the main pro-Musharraf party, the Pakistan Muslim League-Q.

The resolution calls the longtime U.S. ally unfit to serve and accuses him of violating the constitution, gross misconduct and economic mismanagement. It carries no constitutional weight but increases pressure on the president, whose foes won February's parliamentary elections.

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