Leaders of the Pakistan People’s Party(PPP) which dominates the government believe President Musharraf is fighting go gain several points before he submits his resignation. If Musharraf does not resign within the next 72 hours, he will most probably confront the reality of an impeachment process which will be won by parliament. Reports indicate Musharraf still believes the army will not allow the humiliation of one of its former commanders and that President Bush will be of some assistance to avoid impeachment. However, according to some sources the PPP will shortly approach Chief of Staff General Ashfaq Kayani and ask him to negotiate a deal under which Musharraf will step down from the office of president and go into exile.
The ruling coalition has the numbers in Parliament to carry through with an impeachment of the president. Asif Zardari, co-chair of the PPP put it this way: There are two schools of thought about how to deal with the current situation. “One says that in a battle field you always leave room for exist so that you lose the least and he opposition has a chance to retreat. The other school is that let him confront the enemy and let parliament do what parliaments have done to the dictators of the world.”
If Musharraf has learned anything from events of the past few years it should be never to trust George Bush’s advice. Always do the opposite.