Musharraf resists pressure to quit, says he won't accept reduced role

Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf vowed Saturday to resist pressure for him to resign but suggested he might quit if Parliament reduces him to a toothless figurehead. Musharraf, a stalwart US ally, has been under pressure since his allies lost parliamentary elections in February. Media reports this week suggested he was ready to resign and go into exile. The former army strongman said Saturday that he would not quit under pressure. He appealed for political unity to counter economic problems and terrorism. But he indicated that he would go if the new government succeeds in its plan to reduce his powers to the point where he feels like a "useless vegetable."