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Pakistan’s President Musharraf Resigns

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In a scene reminiscent of August 9th, 1974 when President Richard Nixon resigned from office, Pakistan 's President Pervez Musharraf quit office today to avoid impeachment charges. The key U.S. ally steps down nearly nine years after he took power in a coup.
Speculation that the former army chief would resign started since the coalition government, led by the party of assassinated former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, declared this month it planned to impeach him. Coalition member and Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, ousted by Musharraf ousted in 1999, wants him to face trial for treason.

Musharraf said in his hour-long address, “Whether I win or lose, the nation will lose.”  He also passionately defended his record.

Coalition officials said Musharraf sought immunity from prosecution. In his speech Musharraf claimed he was asking for nothing. He said, I leave my future in the hands of the nation and people.”

U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Washington was “grateful to Musharraf for joining the fight against al Qaeda, the Taliban and other extremists.” When asked about granting him asylum, Rice stated that option was “not on the table.”

Vali Nasr is Professor of International Politics at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University . He's author of the book The Shia Revival: How Conflicts within Islam Will Shape the Future.

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