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Pakistan's Musharraf refuses to quit, as opponents eye impeachment

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Xinhua reports that the president of the Supreme Court Bar Association said the march, which will go to several cities, was to raise awareness about the need to reinstate independent judges. Aitzaz Ahsan said the march would be "completely peaceful" and that lawyers would not "storm any buildings or damage any property."

On Sunday, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), a government coalition party, presented a 10-point "charge sheet" with which to impeach Musharraf if he refuses to step down, reports the Dawn newspaper. The charges include specific allegations of gross mismanagement, human rights abuses, curtailing democracy, and corruption. The PML-N, led by former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, whom Musharraf overthrew in a 1999 coup, accuses the president of pushing the Army "into an undeclared war against its own people." Party officials say they have evidence to back their charges that would be presented in parliament in any impeachment hearing.

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