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Zardari ready to quit and call early elections

Pakistan's beleaguered President Asif Ali Zardari is ready to resign and call an early general elections if parties in the ruling coalition wanted him to take such a step, according to a media report on Wednesday.

world Updated: Jan 12, 2012 00:33 IST

Pakistan's beleaguered President Asif Ali Zardari is ready to resign and call an early general elections if parties in the ruling coalition wanted him to take such a step, according to a media report on Wednesday.

Zardari made the announcement while chairing a meeting of the top leadership of the ruling Pakistan People's Party and its coalition partners on Tuesday night after the Supreme Court warned that action could be taken against him and Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani for failing to reopen high-profile graft cases, The News daily quoted its sources as saying.

The President, who is also co-chairman of the PPP, told his allies "that he was elected as the President with their help, and if they wanted, he was ready to resign and even to hold new elections", the report said.

There was no mention of Zardari's offer to quit in a statement issued by the presidency after Tuesday night's meeting.

The President cut short a visit to Karachi and rushed back to Islamabad on Tuesday for a series of meetings that assessed the fallout of the apex court's order in a case related to a graft amnesty that had benefited Zardari and over 8,000 others.