Islamabad ( — The deadlock between ruling parties ended when the coalition government of Pakistan decided to move for the impeachment of the President and then head for the restoration of the deposed judiciary yesterday. The President of Pakistan now faces charges of weakening the federation, creating economic impasse and violating the constitution.

President Pervaiz Musharraf has begun consultation with his allies and with his legal team on the implication of the impeachment and says he is ready to reply to the charges levied upon him by the coalition parties. He will be required to seek the vote of confidence from the senate and parliament.

Co-chairman of Pakistan Peoples Party, Mr. Asif Ali Zardari and the Chief of Pakistan Muslim League –N, Mian Nawaz Sharif along with their party members carried out lengthy discussion after which they reached a consensus making the President of the country accountable for his misdoings.

Both leaders had earlier discussed and signed a contract, called the Murree declaration, in which they had agreed to restore the deposed judges first and then move for impeachment of the President. However, the Pakistan Peoples Party backed off from their promises made to the public and from the terms of Murree declaration, and failed to restore the judiciary after which the members of PML-N had resigned from the portfolios assigned to them. They did not part from the coalition.

Mian Nawaz Sharif has since maintained his stance of restoration of the judiciary as the first and primary objective which created a limbo.

The leaders of the two major parties decided to meet on August 5, 2008 and decide the fate of the coalition government, which both of the leader were not ready to break. After two days of continuous deliberation and after taking the leaders of ANP and JUI into confidence, both party leaders decided to reverse their priorities by first impeaching the president and then moving for restoration of the judiciary.

The number game has begun. The ruling coalition needs 295 votes to impeach the President whereas they are claiming to have 305 votes favoring impeachment of the President.