Musharraf may quit after address to nation (Second Lead)

August 18th, 2008 - 1:56 pm ICT by IANS  

A file-photo of Pervez Musharraf

Islamabad, Aug 18 (IANS) Speculation over Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf’s resignation reached a feverish pitch Monday with some officials saying he was likely to quit in the evening after addressing the nation in the afternoon and be sent to Saudi Arabia soon after. State run and private television channels and radio crews reached the president’s camp office in nearby Rawalpindi to cover the address.

“So far there has been no decision (to allow the private channels) but there are fears that the government which is all out to impeach the president may hinder the address and to meet such a situation the private channels may be allowed,” said an official source.

The talk is that soon after his resignation, the president who remained in power for almost nine years will fly to Saudi Arabia where he will stay for the rest of his life.

“An unmarked plane is present at the military airbase in nearby Rawalpindi,” an official at the base told IANS.

However, the president’s spokesperson Rashid Qureshi denied rumours that Musharraf would resign Monday.

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