Monday, August 18, 2008

Defiant Musharraf Seeks Immunity From Charges

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — President Pervez Musharraf showed continued defiance on Sunday to threats of impeachment, saying through aides that he wanted to see the formal charges before making any decision to leave office.

Mr. Musharraf, a former general, is known as a fighter by instinct, and colleagues said that as his career seemed poised to end in indignity, he was determined not to bend to politicians whom he has long viewed with disdain.

On Monday morning his office announced that he would address the nation in the afternoon. He was expected to resign. A senior member of the coalition government said the impeachment efforts would not go forward.

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