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'Pakistan PM to replace Musharraf at Olympics'

Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf has cancelled a trip to the Beijing Olympics and Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani will travel to China instead, the foreign ministry said Thursday.

world Updated: Aug 07, 2008 15:44 IST

Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf has cancelled a trip to the Beijing Olympics and Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani will travel to China instead, the foreign ministry said Thursday.

"Yes, the president has cancelled his visit to China and the prime minister is now going," foreign ministry spokesman Mohammad Sadiq told AFP.

Musharraf was initially scheduled to leave on Wednesday for the Olympic opening ceremony but cancelled the flight. The foreign office had earlier announced that he was due to leave on Thursday.

The move comes after officials said the ruling coalition had agreed to impeach Musharraf.