Musharraf steps down


by Sunny
28th November, 2007 at 4:43 am    

as General, so he can be sworn in as President.

He will be driven to the army’s general headquarters in Rawalpindi to hand over formally to his successor, Gen Ashfaq Pervez Kiani. He is due to be sworn in as a civilian president on Thursday, after bidding farewell to his troops on Tuesday. The move will mean an end to eight years of military rule in Pakistan.

It looks like the pressure wasn’t all international. Dawn reports:

A group of retired senior officers of the armed forces, including two former air force chiefs, one naval chief, six lieutenant generals and four major generals, urged Gen Pervez Musharraf on Tuesday not only to quit the post of Chief of the Army Staff but to also step down as head of state. They urged Gen Musharraf to restore the Constitution and revoke the PCO, pointing out that the apex court had asked him to lift emergency. They called upon him to restore the pre-emergency situation, reinstate the pre-PCO judiciary, withdraw media curbs and release political detainees.

Good to see that the desire for democracy is still strong within Pakistan. Meanwhile, Bhutto wants to have a chat with Nawaz Sharif. Maybe all this won’t come to a messy end?

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  1. Letters From A Tory — on 28th November, 2007 at 7:58 am  

    Things may have quietened down for now, but Musharraf is not going to give up any more power without a fight. I can still see an ugly ending to all this.

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  2. sonia — on 28th November, 2007 at 11:58 am  

    excuse me for being dense. because musharraf steps down as general, and goes back to pre-emergency situation, is all good. but what was the prob. with the pre-emergency situation? correct me if i am wrong, but that does that mean ‘military dictatorship’ is suddenly at an end? One can be a President, not be a general, and still have the military backing you – and for all intents and purposes, have the military in power. Perhaps im missing something – is the army saying it no longer wants to be in power?

    I must be confused

  3. Keith — on 28th November, 2007 at 6:09 pm  

    Leopards and their spots come to mind!
    As General Musharraf, he overthrew a democracy to replace it with a military dictatorship and when his grip on power was threatened by re-emerging democracy, he declared effective martial law. I think only the fear of this Islamification prevents the West from calling him what he really is – a dictator. I suspect the deal now is that any civilian government knows its place and does not challenge him. If they do, there might be another coups.

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