Musharraf resigned to ceremonial role

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London, Feb 20: President Pervez Musharraf has reportedly resigned himself to serving a "ceremonial" role as Pakistan's head of state, The Independent reports.

Senator Joe Biden, the chairman of the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said the president appeared to have accepted the reality of the election result, which saw his parliamentary allies soundly defeated. "I don't think he is going to resign... my impression is that he was prepared to retire to being president, which he pointed out to us is ceremonial," said Biden.

"To me it appears more about respect than power. Much will depend on how he is treated by the opposition parties and whether they opt for a transition rather than... revolution," the paper quoted Biden, as saying

Biden's comments came even as Asif Ali Zardari, the head of the PPP, is due to meet in Islamabad with Nawaz Sharif, leader of the PML-N, tomorrow for face-to-face talks to discuss a coalition.

Biden said he believed Zardari was aware that a smooth transition benefited the PPP.

He said he believed Musharraf's attitude would depend on how he was treated "personally" by a new government.

A great deal now depends on Musharraf, as well as the opposition parties, the paper concluded.


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