August 18, 2008
Sharif’s Party: No Immunity for Musharraf
By The Associated Press
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (AP) - No legal immunity for President Pervez Musharraf, a party in Pakistan's coalition government insisted Saturday, refusing to budge from a stance that could hurt discussions on avoiding the embattled leader's impeachment.
Musharraf spokesman Rashid Qureshi insisted Friday that the president is not stepping down.
Whether he changes his mind could depend on whether Musharraf's rivals can stomach granting him immunity and the freedom to stay in Pakistan in exchange for his resignation.
On this issue, divisions have appeared in the ruling coalition.
Sadiqul Farooq, a spokesman for the party of ex-Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif - whom Musharraf ousted in his 1999 coup - said legal guarantees were out of the question. His party, the second-largest in the coalition, has said Musharraf should be tried for treason, which carries a maximum punishment of death.
"It will be in the interest of the country and the nation to make him an example in accordance with the constitution and the law," Farooq said.
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