Musharraf expected to resign.

The New York Times reports that Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf, a close ally of President Bush, “is expected to resign in the next few days rather than face impeachment charges”:

Mr. Musharraf was expected to resign before the governing coalition presented charges for impeachment to the Parliament early next week, said Nisar Ali Khan, a senior official in the Pakistani Muslim League-N, the minority partner in the coalition government.

Similarly, Sheikh Mansoor Ahmed, a senior official of the Pakistan Peoples Party, the major party in the coalition, said Thursday that the president would probably leave in the “next 72 hours.”

“The United States is now accepting Musharraf’s removal as a fait accompli,” said Nisar Ali Khan, a senior official in the Pakistani Muslim League-N.