WASHINGTON:  - American experts and analysts Friday doubted whether President Pervez Musharraf would contest the ruling coalition's impeachment charges, especially after the Bush administration distancing itself from him, and said he would go in the next few days. They termed a statements by Pakistan Muslim League-Q chief Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain that Musharraf would deal with the charges when they are brought to parliament as a bravura performance and a last stand. It was pointed out that PML-Q holds 51 of 342 seats in the National Assembly, and that Musharraf could probably count on fewer than 20 votes. few days. On Thursday, the White House underscored it is up to the Pakistanis to decide about leadership of their country, saying moving forward on impeachment proceedings was within Pakistan's constitution. In making that statement, White House spokeswoman Dana Perino had no words of support for Musharraf, a close U.S. ally in the war on terror, and reaffirmed Washington's pledge to continue working with the new elected government. The spokeswoman discounted the possibility of any military coup in response to a question at the daily briefing.  "I haven't heard of a military coup in the cards. I think if they are moving forward on impeachment proceedings, it seems to be within their constitution and that they're following their own laws," she stated. President George Bush, she said, is "regularly briefed on it, and he is going to let Pakistanis make the decisions on who will be in the leadership of their country." "We will continue to work with the new government," she said, answering a question on various reports, some of them claiming that President Musharraf is contemplating to step down imminently in the wake of coalition parties' the impeachment decision. The U.S., she said, continues to monitor various reports going back and forth. "We've heard the reports, and we continue to monitor it. We've always said that the issues of who would be in the leadership of Pakistan, is going to be up to the Pakistanis," she remarked. Ms. Perino also reiterated Washington's desire that "all political actors move forward expeditiously with addressing the critical issues facing the Pakistani people," including the issue of militant hideouts in areas along Pakistan-Afghanistan border. Meanwhile, three major American newspapers -- The New York Times, The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal -- Friday carried almost identical reports that Musharraf would step down shortly before the charges are brought against him. The newspapers said Musharraf was feeling the heat from the pressure being brought on him by his former political allies to leave the post as well as dwindling support from his international backers and the neutrality of the Pakistani military. "A series of missteps over the past year have unleashed a groundswell of opposition to the once-powerful former army chief," The Wall Street Journal wrote. The New York Times quoted Ishaq Khan Khakwani, a former Musharraf ally as saying that was certain that the president would resign before the coalition government presented impeachment charges to Parliament. He said the army did not want an impeachment to go ahead because charges against Musharraf would reflect badly on the military. Khakwani, who is a member of the PML-Q's central executive committee, said Friday, "Impeachment means disgrace and the army would not like to see their institution humiliated." He added, "My information is that the impeachment vote will not take place." The Washington Post quoted P.P.P. M.N.A. Farah Ispahani, who is the wife of Pakistan's Ambassador to the United States Hussain Haqqani, as saying that Musharraf is expected to resign within two to three days. She said that details of Musharraf's resignation plan remain under negotiation but that it was clear his support was shrinking rapidly. "We hope that in the interest of the good of Pakistan , and for the good of the country, that Mr. Musharraf takes the right course and resigns before the impeachment process begins," Ms. Ispahani said.