The decks are being cleared for the impeachment of Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf. On Thursday, there was agreement on the issue between the two main parties, the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and the Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) (PML-N).
Many questions, however, remain unanswered. Can the impeachment resolution be tabled in Pakistan’s national assembly, given that the PPP and the PML-N don’t have two-thirds majority? Is the agreement a trade-off for not re-appointing supreme court judges, who had been sacked by Musharraf?
Pakistan faces instability from multiple sources: Islamic militancy is a much more potent force in this respect compared with the squabbling between the PPP and the PML-N brass. The choice should not be that of trading one source of instability for another. Tackling militancy ought to take priority over the political elimination of a common enemy.