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Musharraf the Civilian

Posted on Nov 26, 2007

Is it just us, or doesn’t supreme commander sound better than army chief anyway?  Here, Gen. Musharraf appears in his soldier suit.

Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf has heeded strong hints from his concerned friends in the U.S. government by announcing that he’ll give up his post as his country’s army chief this week—but he’ll remain “supreme commander” of Pakistan’s armed forces.


Pervez Musharraf “will take over as the president of Pakistan as a civilian” on Thursday, spokesman Gen Qureshi told BBC World TV.

He said President Musharraf would hand over his post of army chief to his deputy - Lt Gen Ashfaq Pervez Kiani - in a ceremony on Wednesday.

Asked if President Musharraf was severing all his professional links with the military, Gen Qureshi pointed out that he would remain supreme commander of the armed forces, as was the case with heads of state in other countries.

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By thomas billis, November 26, 2007 at 5:50 pm Link to this comment
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Musharaff is not giving up anything without pressure externally and internally.I am sure the lawyers he rounded up were a huge terrorist threat.It is what happens?The dictator rounds up all the moderates and the only ones who are left to appeal to the people are the radicals.Have we not seen this before.Does Egypt give anyone a hint?How about Iran with the Shah?We do everything in the short term and then complain when the inevitable happens.The radicals take control of government.Good thing we have our kids to send wherever it is and die for such sighted foreign policy.

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