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Pakistan Provinces Push for Impeachment

Lawmakers in northwest Pakistan passed a resolution against President Pervez Musharraf on Tuesday. The situation in Pakistan remains tense, with 13 people killed by a roadside bomb.

President Pervez Musharraf

President Pervez Musharraf said he will fight impeachment

The North West Frontier Province assembly's no-confidence vote on Tuesday, Aug. 12 came a day after lawmakers in Punjab province passed a similar proposal calling for Musharraf to be impeached. The country’s two remaining provinces are to vote later this week. The resolutions are not binding, but are aimed at pressuring Musharraf to resign ahead of formal impeachment proceedings.

Musharraf seized power in a 1999 military coup, but has largely been sidelined since opposition parties won parliamentary elections in February.

The president's office has said that Musharraf had "no intentions of resigning" and would "face the impeachment motion with a democratic spirit."

The situation in Pakistan remains tense. News agencies reported that 13 people were killed and 10 wounded in a roadside bomb attack Tuesday in the northeastern city of Peshawar. A bus belonging to the Pakistani air force is believed to have been the target of the attack.