Musharraf may have to quit by June 10

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Islamabad, May 25: Despite Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf's determination to stick to his office, Pakistan People's Party Co-Chairperson Asif Ali Zardari has reportedly got the green signal from the United States to remove him from office.

US Deputy Secretary of State John Negroponte, along with a delegation of Democratic Senators, is expected to come to Pakistan within the next three days to meet both Musharraf and Zardari in this regard. "Negroponte will arrive in Pakistan with a message from US President George W. Bush for President Musharraf," sources claimed. They also said that Negroponte would probably give a timeframe to Musharraf to quit his office. PPP President Makhdoom Amin Fahim is likely to become the next President of Pakistan, The News quoted the sources, as saying.

According to sources, the PPP would give Musharraf time till June 10 to resign.

"The PPP has also completed its work for the impeachment of Musharraf with two-thirds majority in the joint session of Parliament," sources said, adding that the matter of impeachment was also discussed in the Central Executive Committee (CEC) of the PPP at Zardari House on Saturday.

The PPP leadership is in constant contact with the forward bloc of the Pakistan Muslim League-Q and independent candidates including Manzoor Watto and Hamid Nasir Chattha. It is expected that most of the Pakistan Muslim League-Qaid-e-Azam parliamentarians would support the PPP in impeaching Musharraf.

"In the meeting, the party Co-Chairman told the members that the President did not want to hand over powers to Parliament and he was creating many obstacles to make the supremacy of Parliament impossible", the sources said.

ANI

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