It is "imperative" that President Pervez Musharraf be impeached, the leaders of Pakistan's new ruling coalition said Thursday. Speaking for his partners, Asif Ali Zardari, the widowed husband of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, said Musharraf had conspired to oppose the transition to a civilian government. He also accused the president of reneging on a promise to seek a vote of confidence in parliament if his party lost last February's election. Zardari said impeachment proceedings would begin immediately and that "We hope 90 percent of the lawmakers will support us."
At least 23 people were hurt in battles between Georgian Army units and separatists in the breakaway region of South Ossetia, reports said Thursday. In Moscow, the Kremlin said the clashes showed that Georgia was preparing for war, although a Russian envoy was in the latter's capital for negotiations aimed at defusing the growing tensions. Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili said "confrontation is not in [our] interests," adding, "We should all stop this craziness."