Musharraf likely to step down

August 15th, 2008 - 1:42 pm ICT by IANS  

A file-photo of Pervez Musharraf
Islamabad, Aug 15 (Xinhua) Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf is expected to quit instead of facing impeachment, The News daily reported Friday. The ruling coalition had announced Aug 7 that they would initiate proceedings in parliament to impeach Musharraf on the ground that he had violated the constitution and his policies had led to economic crisis.

However, former prime minister Nawaz Sharif-led Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), which is a part of the ruling coalition, has called for Musharraf’s resignation.

The president’s reported decision to quit came after the ruling coalition agreed to his demand for indemnity and security if he resigned, the Daily Times reported Thursday.

Presidential spokesman Rashid Qureshi has repeatedly said that Musharraf would face impeachment, rather than resign.

A coalition official said he could not confirm Musharraf’s resignation plans but said there was a growing sense he was going to step down, the News Daily said.

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