Musharraf the Civilian
Posted on Nov 26, 2007
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.
Is it just us, or doesn’t supreme commander sound better than army chief anyway? Here, Gen. Musharraf appears in his soldier suit.