Musharraf spokesperson denies resignation

The chief spokesperson for Pakistan‘s President Pervez Musharraf denied the reports on Thursday that said the president would step down within days. Rashid Qureshi said “I’m tired of saying there’s no such thing,” and called reports that Musharraf was seeking immunity “nonsense.”

Meanwhile, Tariq Azim Khan, a former minister under Musharraf said that talks are actually taking place. “Talks are under way and many people are interested that the issue is settled amicably without going into the impeachment of President Pervez Musharraf,” he said.

When Associated Press asked if Musharraf was going to resign, Azim Khan said: “There are people who are advising him to avoid confrontation, but I don’t think he has made up his mind.”

“It is at the moment that Pakistan cannot afford confrontation,” Azim Khan said. “And it’s obvious that the present government and President Musharraf cannot get along. So it is in the best interest of Pakistan that some way is found whereby this mode of confrontation can be changed or can be more conciliatory.”

“He is ready to resign but he is putting conditions like indemnity for the November 3 action,” said an anonymous source within the coalition government to The Guardian. “Backdoor talks are still going on. Things have not yet been finalised. Let’s see what happens.”

Defence Minister Chaudhry Ahmed Mukhtar said the ruling coalition is determined to press forward with impeachment if Musharraf does not resign.

“We have conveyed to them that the coalition is determined for impeachment, and if he wants to save himself, the best way is for him to quit,” Mukhtar said.

Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, a senior minister in the government, said: “Only a few people are still with him and he only wants two things: Indemnity for the sins and crimes he committed in the past eight years, and a piece of land … so he can live rest of his life there.”

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