Pakistan Violence Flares After Musharraf Resigns

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Pakistan’s ruling coalition is still trying to figure out what to do following the resignation of President Pervez Musharraf.

Leaders of the coalition met today to discuss how to replace Musharraf, and how to deal with him. The meeting ended abruptly, with no progress reported.

The retired army general resigned Monday in the face of impeachment threats. He is believed to be in his army-guarded residence near the capital, Islamabad.

How the government handles his succession — and whether it leads to a power struggle — is a looming question at a critical time.

Musharraf seized control in a 1999 coup and dominated Pakistan for years, supporting the U.S. in the war on terror. Pakistanis blamed rising violence in the country on his alliance with Washington.

For many, the final straw came last year when Musharraf imposed emergency rule and sacked dozens of judges who could challenge him.