Musharraf resigns," Khuda hafiz Pakistan"
Pervez Musharraf has stepped down as president of Pakistan to avoid impeachment charges. He made this announcement during a televised address to the nation today. After viewing the situation and consulting legal advisers and political allies, with their advice I have decided to resign,Musharraf said. "I leave my future in the hands of people," he added. I don't want Army to be dragged into this controversy, he added. In his address to the nation Musharraf said, "I have confidence in self and on God that no chargesheet can stand against me. No charge can be proved against me, because I have never done for myself. I have done all for Pakistan." Musharraf said he was proud of his achievements. He defended his economic record. We have taken the nation forward, he said. Musharraf said his priority has been to evolve democracy in Pakistan He also criticised his detractors during the speech. I have kept Pakistan's interests over and above everything, I am proud to have fought for the country, he said. The Pakistan president added all allegations against him were baseless. Musharraf said he had always been open to reconciliation with politicial parties.
Musharraf, 65, came to power in a 1999 coup and has anchored Pakistan's alliance with the United States, especially since Pakistan signed up for the US-led campaign against terrorism after the September 11, 2001 attacks. The rise and fall of Musharraf.