Under Fire, Musharraf To Address Pakistan

** FILE ** In this April 16, 2008 file photo, Pakistan's President Pervez Musharraf waves during a ceremony in Islamabad, Pakistan. Musharraf vowed Saturday, June 7, 200 to resist pressure for his resignation but suggested he might quit if parliament reduces him to a toothless figurehead. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed, File)
AP Photo/Anjum Naveed
Pakistan's President Pervez Musharraf, who is under pressure to resign in the face of possible impeachment, will address the nation Monday afternoon, his spokesman said.

The spokesman, Rashid Qureshi, would not say if Musharraf would announce that he is stepping down or offer any details of the planned speech, which was expected around 1 p.m. local time.

Despite mounting calls for his exit, and plans by the ruling coalition to bring an impeachment motion to Parliament this week, the longtime U.S.-backed president has so far resisted quitting.

On Sunday, a committee of the ruling coalition finalized a list of impeachment charges against Musharraf after five days of talks, Information Minister Sherry Rehman said.

Allies and rivals of the president have confirmed that backchannel talks have been underway aimed at avoiding an impeachment process.

Some current and former supporters have suggested that Musharraf might resign in return for guarantees he will not be prosecuted or forced into exile, and officials say Western and Arab emissaries have been in talks with the main parties.