KARACHI, Pakistan -- Pakistan's parliament under the constitution will decide the future of President Pervez Musharraf, the new speaker of the national assembly says.
In an interview with Pakistan's Daily Times newspaper at her home in Karachi, Dr. Fehmida Mirza, the first woman to hold the post, said as assembly speaker she is the custodian of the constitution and not of her party.
"If parliamentarians want to impeach Musharraf, they may do so with a two-thirds majority in the (National Assembly) and the Senate," she was quoted as saying.
She said all national issues should be discussed in parliament and not in any other forum.
"Parliamentarians should be allowed to take decisions on policy matters. They should be allowed to legislate as they represent their constituencies," she said.
Asked about a provision in the constitution that empowers the president to dismiss an elected government and dissolve the assembly, Mirza said, "Article 58 (2b) is there and has derailed democracy again and again. It is an issue."
"Then again, we are passing through a transition and I feel that this is the first step. All parliamentarians have the mandate of the people," she said.
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