Faced with impeachment, President Musharraf resigns

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Islamabad, Aug 18 (UNI) Pakistan's beleaguered President Pervez Musharraf today resigned amid growing pressure by the coalition government for his impeachement.

"I have decided to step down for the sake of this country and the nation," a grim-faced Musharraf announced during a televised address to the nation.

Musharraf's resignation came amid reports that the coalition government would table an impeachment motion against him for violation of the constitution and gross misconduct by tomorrow.

"My resignation will reach the Speaker of the National Assembly today. I don't need anything from anyone. Let people of Pakistan be the judges and let them do justice," he said.

Reports said that Musharraf consulted legal and constitutional experts before making a final decision. Saudi Intelligence chief Prince Muqrin bin Abdul Aziz also visited Pakistan on Friday in an apparent bid to find an "amicable" solution to the (impeachment) issue.

"I consulted my legal aides and supporters and it is in light of these consultations that I have decided to resign," the outgoing President said.

It was, however, not clear nor did Musharraf say a word whether he would stay in Pakistan or go abroad.


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