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Musharraf meets US envoy: media report

A local media reports that beleaguered Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf discusses the ruling coalition's move to impeach him with US Ambassador N W Patterson.

world Updated: Aug 11, 2008 23:27 IST

Beleaguered Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf on Monday discussed the ruling coalition's move to impeach him with US Ambassador N W Patterson, local media reported, but a presidential spokesman strongly denied that any such meeting has taken place.

Patterson called on Musharraf to deliberate on the impeachment move against him and other issues, Aaj TV reported quoting sources.

It said Musharraf also discussed with the US envoy the disclosures in Putizer Prize-winning US journalist Ron Suskind's book, which alleges that the President had warned slain former premier Benazir Bhutto that her life would be in danger if she did not extend him political cooperation.

However, a spokesman to the President categorically denied reports of a meeting between Musharraf and the US Ambassador.

"No such meeting took place," he said, according to official APP news agency.

The US, which was a key backer of Musharraf and described him as a crucial ally in the "war on terror", has said any move to impeach him is Pakistan's internal matter.

However, the 'Dawn' daily today quoted diplomatic and US official sources as saying that America is apparently willing to help ensure "full indemnity" and "honourable stay" in Pakistan for Musharraf should he agree to quit.