ISLAMABAD (AFP) — Pakistan's embattled President Pervez Musharraf was under mounting pressure to quit, with his allies joining ruling coalition calls for him to go before impeachment proceedings begin on Monday.
"Musharraf should step down before the start of the impeachment proceedings, because the country cannot afford confrontation any more," Sardar Bahadur Khan, an MP from Musharraf's main ally, the Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) told AFP.
Khan said more than 25 MPs from the PML-Q wanted Musharraf to resign.
Coalition leader "(Asif Ali) Zardari has offered safe exit to Musharraf," he revealed.
"The president should avail the opportunity to make an honourable exit," he said, adding that a resignation would be "good for the nation and strengthen the democratic system."