Zardari asserts fitness to stay as President

Smelling rat in the establishment’s designs to remove him on medical grounds, President Asif Ali Zardari on Friday vehemently reacted saying article 47 of the constitution is inapplicable on him as he is quite fine.

Clause 1 of the Article 47 of the constitution reads; “Notwithstanding anything contained in the Constitution, the President may, in accordance with the provisions of this Article, be removed from office on the ground of physical or mental incapacity.”

Asif Ali Zardari spoke to a senior journalist who had written a commentary piece referring to the Article on phone for quite sometimes and according to the latter he taunted lightly saying, “Journalists should also be subjected to certain Articles.”

He stated that he was absolutely alright but doctors were not giving him permission to travel. Raising a question, the president stated, how the said article could be imposed on him, as he was absolutely fine.

Zardari was reported as saying, “If they impose this Article on me perforce, our manifesto would be not to accept. I’m here in Dubai just as a prisoner of doctors, and would return home as soon as they permit me,” he added. “I’m anxious to be on a plane
to return to the country sooner the better,” he continued.

Asif Ali Zardari told the journalist that he was completely aware about what was being written and discussed in Pakistan. 

Conversely, constitutional experts were failing to understand that how the Article 47 could be imposed, forcible on the President while the Constitution empowers only the Parliament to do so.

The experts referred to the Clause 2 of the Article 47 that clearly prescribes that not less than one-half of the membership of National Assembly or the Senate could start such a motion in their respective Houses.

President Asif Ali Zardari abruptly travelled to Dubai on December 6 to undergo tests for what officials had described as a previously diagnosed “cardiovascular condition”.

His sudden departure fuelled speculation that he was on the verge of resigning on grounds of "ill health" due to growing pressure on him because of the "Memogate" scandal.