Musharraf Will Quit Tomorrow, Flee: Mag

Presidential spokesman denies allegations
By Caroline Zimmerman,  Newser User
Posted Aug 17, 2008 3:27 PM CDT
Supporters of Pakistan's religious party, Jamat-i-Islami, or Party of Islam, shout slogans against Pakistan's President Pervez Musharraf.    (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Pakistan President Musharraf will likely resign tomorrow, a former Musharraf aide told Newsweek, and flee to Saudi Arabia for three months of exile. Pakistan's top military commanders are aware of the news, but Musharraf's camp officially denies the story. "Your source is a liar. The information you have is absolutely untrue," a spokesman told the magazine.

Musharraf is expected to resign to avoid facing impeachment before an antagonistic parliament, and to shield himself from prosecution over his 1999 coup and the unconstitutional state of emergency he declared in November. Meanwhile, opposition leader Nawaz Sharif is calling for treason charges against Musharraf, and may be facing off against Pakistani People's Party chairman Asif Zardari to succeed him. (Read more Pervez Musharraf stories.)