President Pervez Musharraf of Pakistan is expected to announce his resignation from office tomorrow on Independence Day. This information was conveyed to the Daily Times of Islamabad by a senior official in the Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid which supports the president. The agreement dealing with his resignation indicates if he resigns prior to any impeachment process, he will be granted safe passage and allowed to leave the country without any punishment. There are reports President Musharraf is being urged in his resignation statement to apologize to the nation for sacking members of the Supreme Court last fall.
It is understood if he resigns President Musarraf will remain in the office of president for several days until he is able to formally shift power to the new president. He most probably will remain in his home for a few weeks and then leave the nation.
Asif Ali Zardari, co-chair of the Pakistan People’s Party, made known he expects the resignation within the coming days and once it is announced he will bring together all parties in his coalition and work out who will become the president. Some sources suggest Zardari might assume that office, but this is still at a rumor stage.