President Musharraf to seek vote of confidence; Ruling coalition meets to discuss charges against Musharraf; Violence continues in Swat; Floods affects 100,000 people in Rajanpura
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  • The ruling coalition finally agreed to go ahead with the impeachment process against President Musharraf under Article 47 of the constitution1. A special committee comprising of leaders of the PML-N, the PPP and others met in Islamabad on August 10 to discuss the proposed charge sheet against Musharraf2. The PPP and the PML-N leadership which met on August 8 also decided to make Musharraf into a non-functional president3.

    President Musharraf meanwhile, addressing a luncheon on August 4 at the Governor House in Quetta charged India along with other foreign elements of creating instability in Balochistan4.

    In continuing violence in Swat, at least 14 militants including a Taliban commander were killed on August 65. Taliban leader Baitullah Masood on his part threatened to launch country-wide suicide attacks if the government continued its operations in Swat6.

    In other developments, at least 6 people lost their lives and over 100,000 displaced after heavy rainfall caused floods in the Rajanpur area of Multan. Reports noted that the flood swept away hundreds of dwellings and caused heavy damage to agriculture7.