Islamabad, May 29 : Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf is learnt to have made up his mind to quit Presidency very soon, in order to have a safe passage and preempt moves, if any, from the federal government to impeach him.
Musharraf's close aides said that he can make an announcement in this regard any time. They were of the view that after losing all hope of survival in power, the President has made up his mind to lead a retired life.
"There is no question of any extra-constitutional step by him or on his behalf. The President has lost the capacity to invoke constitutional provisions like 58-2 (b), dissolving the assembly and the government. The question of introducing an impeachment motion would not come as the President will leave office and get a safe passage. The drop scene of the drama that started on March 9 last year is bound to appear any time soon," The News quoted the sources as saying.
They added that Musharraf has consented to leave the Army House immediately and he may move to the President House within 48 hours before calling it a day.
Word about Musharraf's plans to call it a day spread after he held a marathon meeting with Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani. Described as an "extremely important", the meeting was held at the Army House Rawalpindi late on Wednesday night. The meeting continued till after midnight lasting more than three-and-a-half hours. This was their longest one-on-one encounter, and it assumed significance in view of the current political and security situation in the country.
Though President's official spokesman, denied this impression, rumours are rife that Musharraf has no option left but to quit. The President has already been asked by "important officials" not to think about any step that may further aggravate the already fragile political situation in the country, claimed the newspaper report.
Meanwhile, Brigadier Aasim Salim Bajwa, who served President Pervez Musharraf as his military secretary in his initial days and was considered to be the most loyal Army officer of the President, was made commander of the Triple-One Brigade, which is responsible for the security of the president, federal capital and Rawalpindi, by President Pervez Musharraf before relinquishing the office of the Army chief. This Brigade has always played a main role in staging coups in the past.
Brigadier Bajwa also provided Musharraf admirable assistance in tabulation of his book 'In the Line of Fire'. He was due to take part in war-course in August this year but is now proceeding for another course to the US next week.