PRESIDENT Pervez Musharraf and Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, for the first time in country's history, organised two separate ceremonies to mark Independence Day, reports BBC. Musharraf organised 'Salam-e-Pakistan' function late on Wednesday night at Aiwan-e-Sadr, which Gilani, his Cabinet members and Army Chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani did not attend. However, Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee, heads of Pakistan Air Force and Navy attended the ceremony held Aiwan-e-Sadr. On the other side, General Kayani, heads of all three armed forces, ministers, senators, ambassadors and journalists attended the ceremony held at Convention Centre on Thursday morning in which PM Gilani raised the national flag. When contacted, ISPR spokesman Major General Athar Abbas said that COAS General Kayani attended a ceremony in connection with Independence Day at Kakul late on Wednesday night. He confirmed that the COAS participated in PM's flag-hoisting ceremony on Thursday morning. Yousaf Khan from Karachi adds: President Musharraf is left with no option but to resign. Musharraf's current dilemma is that most of his trusted aides of yesteryears, who were ever willing to give him sincere advice, have either been eased out or have withdrawn themselves from the centre-stage, mainly to avoid any unpleasantness. It is now being said that the composition of the president's current team is such that their individual or collective advice can be described at best as a recipe for disaster. Who are these last remaining friends and self-styled advisers who want the president not to bow down under pressure? Well-placed sources said that the group comprises only a handful of people, many of whom have their own personal interest in his survival as the head of the state. Two seasoned lawyers who share a last name, a political dropout from the PPP, and a journalist-publisher who boasts of having ghost-written Musharraf's memoirs appear to be what is left of the president's once formidable team of advisers. And this, as he finds himself in the line of fire. Sources say the president's frustration was compounded after getting a clear signal from the army's top command that they would prefer to keep themselves away from what has largely been seen as a political and constitutional battle. Now, the president's only hope lay in the current Supreme Court " his own personal creation " and the kind of support he may get from political allies, particularly the MQM. According to diplomatic sources, Chief of the Army Staff, General Ashfaq Kiani has sent a clear message to his former boss by avoiding the Independence Day celebrations at the Presidency that the army high command was not ready to support him. The sources further said that Musharraf has expressed his desire to live in the country after quitting his post. "The President has been confined to a blind alley and seriously considering the option of resignation", the sources continued, adding that his traditional supporter Sheikh Rashid has also also left Musharraf at the mercy of the fate. Though Amin Fahim and Pagaro are till sympathetic towards the totally isolated Musharraf but they, too, can withdraw their support any time. Meanwhile, PML-N chief Mian Nawaz Sharif has refused to provide Musharraf with the 'luxury' of addressing the nation saying the people have already rejected the dictator. Although conflicting signals still emanate from the president's camp, some of the people directly involved in the process say that the mounting pressure of the impeachment lobby, defections and desertions in the ranks of his one-time political allies, and hectic manoeuvring by senior American and British diplomats may soon compel Gen (retd) Musharraf to arrive at a decision. And though some of his self-styled advisers are continuing to tell him to fight it out till the end, a reliable source in the establishment says the president believes that the time has come for him to reassess the situation. Under the circumstances, there are rumours that the president may announce his decision within the next 48 hours.