Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf will address the nation on Monday afternoon, amid rumours of his resignation and calls for impeachment.
Speculation the former army chief and firm
Prolonged jockeying and uncertainty over Musharraf’s position has hurt
The official in the president’s office gave no details of the president’s address, but the president’s chief spokesman, retired Major General Rashid Qureshi, was quoted separately as again denying Musharraf would resign or leave the country.
“President Musharraf is not going to
The ruling coalition has prepared impeachment charges against Musharraf focusing on violation of the constitution and misconduct.
Coalition officials have been hoping Musharraf would quit to avoid impeachment while some allies have said he should at least answer charges brought against him before stepping down.
Siddiq-ul-Farooq, a spokesman for the coalition party of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, said: “He is most likely going to resign. He may get safe passage ... He’s been trying to get safe passage for the past two months.”
Coalition officials said last week Musharraf was ready to quit but was demanding immunity from prosecution.
U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said on Sunday that Musharraf has been a “good ally”, but she declined to say whether he would receive
“This is an issue that is not on the table,” Rice said in an interview with Fox News.
Musharraf seized power in a 1999 coup but has been isolated since his allies lost a February election. All four provincial assemblies have passed resolutions in recent days pressing him to resign and several old allies have joined the campaign against him.
The political battling over Musharraf’s fate has sapped investor confidence and there has been criticism it has taken government attention away from economic problems.
Pakistani stocks are near two-year lows, while its currency has lost nearly a quarter of its value this year.
Date created : 2008-08-18