Hundreds of supporters of a coalition of radical Islamic groups have demonstrated in Pakistan's central city of Lahore to press the country's military president to resign.

The Associated Press reports some 10,000 people participated in the rally.

The coalition known as the Mutahida Majlis-e-Amal has been holding rallies in Pakistan since December, when President Pervez Musharraf reneged on a promise to quit his second job as army chief.

Last year, he promised to quit his military post before the end of 2004, if the religion-based coalition agreed to accept him as president until 2007.

At the rally, coalition chief Qazi Hussain Ahmed said General Musharraf will soon be forced to resign, accusing him of serving the interests of the United States instead of working for the betterment of the masses.

Some information for this report provided by AP.