NEW YORK: - Chiding Pakistan's ruling coalition for "stirring a new political hornet's nest" by seeking President Pervez Musharraf's impeachment, an influential American newspaper on Saturday urged him to resign and quit politics. "There are other less disruptive ways for Mr. (Asif Ali) Zardari and Mr. (Nawaz) Sharif to air their differences with Mr. Musharraf. They have yet, for example, to fulfill their pledge to reinstate the Supreme Court judges who were fired by Mr. Musharraf last November and who are expected to rule that his October 2007 re-election is invalid," The New York Times said in an editorial. "The coalition government that was elected in February has been weak, fractious and fumbling. It must get beyond the paralyzing political dispute with Mr. Musharraf and begin focusing seriously on bringing stability to the nuclear-armed country. It also must grapple with its many daunting problems, including a faltering economy and the resurgence of al Qaeda and the Taliban," said the editorial: Musharraf Under Fire. "Impeachment, which has never happened to a president in Pakistan, would be a long fall for Mr. Musharraf," the said, adding: "The process (of impeachment), which Mr. Musharraf helped accelerate by threatening to dismiss Parliament, could well be protracted," The Times said, while emphasizing that the issue must be resolved "with speed and respect for democracy." "He (Musharraf) would do everyone a favour if he agreed to resign and left politics," it added. The Times also urged Musharraf's former army colleagues not to stage another coup to protect him. "His successor as military chief, Gen. Ashfaq Parvez Kiyani, has distinguished himself by promising repeatedly that the army would stay out of politics. Keeping that promise is vital," the editorial said. "Similarly, President (George W.) Bush, who for too long enabled Mr. Musharraf and undercut democracy in Pakistan, must resist any temptation to intervene on the former general's behalf. That would further alienate Pakistanis and fuel instability. "There are no quick and easy fixes for Pakistan, but it will have no chance if its civilian leaders, its army and the United States do not work together to build more effective democratic governance, an economic future and a coordinated plan for routing the Taliban and Al Qaeda."