ISLAMABAD: Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari did not offer his resignation during a meeting with coalition partners, presidential spokesman Farhatullah Khan Babar said Wednesday.
In a statement issued in the capital, the spokesman said the issue of the resignation was not discussed during a meeting Tuesday night with the allies of the ruling Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), Online news agency reported.
Earlier media reports quoted Zardari as saying that he was ready to give up his post if the PPP and coalition partners so desire.
Th president reportedly told his allies that he was elected president with their help, and if they wanted he was ready to resign and even hold new elections.
The meeting was held after the Supreme Court warned that action could be taken against Zardari and Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani for failing to reopen graft cases against the president.
The meeting was attended by Awami National Party chief Asfandyar Wali, Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid chief Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain, Muttahida Quami Movement leaders Farooq Sattar and Babar Ghauri and other leaders of the PPP.