Alliance of opposition parties says it will resign ahead of the presidential poll.
Bhutto, who was prime minister between 1988 and 1990 and again from 1993 to 1996, has lived in London and Dubai since 1999 because of the charges pending against her.
“Pakistan needs a military leader who can control both civil and possible military extremism”
Creative_person01, Islamabad, Pakistan
Kiani will succeed Musharraf as and when he steps down from his military post.
But opponents want the president to quit the position before the election.
They also want the the election to be carried out by a new assembly formed after a general election rather than the current legislature.
Early on Tuesday opposition members of parliament backed by hundreds of flag-waving supporters marched to the parliament to resign.
Imran Khan, the former cricketer and one of the leaders of the anti-Musharraf Alliance for the Restoration of Democracy, said: “This is the first step to discredit the election process.”
The MPs and about 600 supporters, most of whom carried flags of the Jamaat-e-Islami party, marched from a parliamentary apartment building in Islamabad to the national assembly.
They shouted slogans such as: “This is the end of your show – Go Musharraf, Go!” and “A friend of America is a traitor”.
“After our resignation, Musharraf’s success would have no value,” Maulana Fazal-ur Rahman, leader of the opposition in parliament, said.
Musharraf is expected to win the poll as his allies dominate the current national and federal parliaments that are conducting the vote – but opponents hope that the planned resignations, numbering more than 80 will erode its legitimacy.
Two candidates standing against Musharraf in the election meanwhile lodged appeals in the supreme court against his re-election, saying that the nomination papers he filed last week were invalid.
|“After our resignation, Musharraf’s success would have no value”
Maulana Fazal-ur Rahman,
Wajihuddin Ahmad, a former supreme court judge, urged the court to reject Musharraf’s nomination papers and stop the vote on Saturday.
The COAS [chief of army staff] should be declared ineligible and until a decision on the petition, the election should be stayed,” Ausaf Ali said, shortly before he filed the petition on behalf of Ahmad.
Ahmad resigned from his supreme court posy in 2000 rather than swear allegiance to Musharraf, who seized power in a coup a year earlier.
Makhdoom Amin Fahim, who is also standing in the vote and represents the party led by Benazir Bhutto has also urged the court to halt the election.