LAHORE - As a warm-up exercise prior to moving impeachment motion against President Musharraf, the Punjab Assembly on Monday passed a resolution with overwhelming majority of 321 members which called upon the President to seek vote of confidence from his electoral college or resign in terms of Article 44 (3) of the Constitution. Through the said resolution, the Punjab Assembly has also urged the Parliament to give notice for impeachment in accordance with Article 47 of the Constitution if he (President Musharraf) fails to fulfill the demand. The resolution further said that General (Retd) Pervez Musharraf was unfit to hold the office of the President by virtue of being guilty of violating the Constitution of Pakistan and/or of gross misconduct on account of subverting the Constitution twice by holding it in abeyance. It also urged the Parliament to give notice of impeachment in accordance with Article 47 of the Constitution if he (President Musharraf) fails to do the needful. Out of 346 sitting members of Punjab Assembly, 321, including 37 members of the PML-Q forward bloc voted in favour of the resolution, while only 25 opposition members voted against it. The House echoed with the slogan of "Go Musharraf Go", as the chair announced that the resolution has been passed with 321 votes in favour and only 25 against it. To the surprise of many in the house, Zubia Rubab Malik of the PML-Q also voted in favour of the resolution though she is not a member of forward bloc of her party. Similarly, Moonis Elahi, son of former Punjab Chief Minister, did not caste his vote against the resolution, as he left the House minutes before start of the voting process. Punjab Minister for Law, Rana Sanaulla read out the epoch-making resolution, and the Speaker opened the House to debate. The opposition opposed the resolution mainly because it had been moved in the House after suspending the assembly rules of procedure. Opposition leader Ch Zaheeruddin said the resolution should have been circulated among the assembly members three days prior to its presentation to the House, so that Opposition could also include its input to improve its text. He said there was no urgency to suspend the rules to move the resolution. The ruling alliance, he said, should attach priority to issues of public concern rather than wasting time in undertaking the exercises impeaching of President Musharraf. Zaheer was of the view that issues of bread and butter were more important than impeachment of the President. Zaheer also termed the resolution a lever that could be used to pitch the federating units against Centre and to create misunderstandings among the institutions. The NRO should have also been made part of the resolution, he said sarcastically. He alleged that ruling alliance turned the Punjab province into the centre of conspiracies. Other Opposition leaders including Mohsin Leghari, Dr. Samia Amjad, Ejaz Shafi and Amna Ulfat also opposed the motion on similar grounds. Ejaz Shafi told the House that there was no provision in the Constitution binding the President to seek vote of confidence from the assemblies. It is, however, required the prime minister and the chief ministers to do so, he maintained. Reacting to this argument, the law minister said that Pervez Musharraf had earlier sought vote of confidence from previous assemblies under the 17th amendment and had also promised to do so from the new ones. He reminded the Opposition that it had also passed resolution in favour of President's uniform in the past by suspending the assembly rules. Full text of the resolution is produced here under: "The Punjab Assembly observes: 1. That under Article 41 of the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, the Punjab Assembly is a part of the electoral college for the election of the Office of the President of Pakistan. 2.That notwithstanding the Punjab Assembly's objection to the validity or legality of the elections held in October 2007 for the office of the President of Pakistan, the Punjab Assembly is of the view: 2. i) That General (Retd) Pervez Musharraf is unfit to hold the office of the President by virtue of being guilty of violating the Constitution of Pakistan and/or of gross misconduct on the following, amongst other, grounds: That General (Retd) Pervez Musharraf has subverted the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan twice by holding it in abeyance. ii) He has violated and undermined the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan and derailed the transition to democracy. iii) That in terms of Article 41(1) of the Constitution, the office of the President represents the unity of the Republic. General (Retd.) Pervez Musharraf has violated the same and has caused to promote inter provincial tension, a deepened sense of deprivation, denied provincial autonomy thus leading to weakening the Federation. iv) That the policies pursued by General (Retd) Pervez Musharraf for eight years have brought Pakistan to the brink of a critical political and economic impasse. The incompetence and failure of his policies has plunged the country into the worst power shortage in its history and brought unprecedented misery upon the people. His policies have paralysed the Federation and eroded the trust of the nation in key national institutions. In the light of the above, we hereby call upon General (Retd.) Pervez Musharraf to take a vote of confidence from his electoral college or resign in terms of Article 44(3) of the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan immediately. In case he fails to do so, we call upon and urge the Parliament to give notice of impeachment in accordance with Article 47 of the constitution.