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Musharraf to give up army uniform ?

In news that seems to indicate that General Musharraf will live up to his promise of shedding his uniform and becoming a civilian President of Pakistan, there is an incredible amount of buzz that such an eventuality may happen this week. For example, refer the following link from CNN:

Pakistan’s President Pervez Musharraf, under pressure to end a state of emergency that critics say he is using to keep his grip on power, is to quit as army chief and take an oath of office for a third presidential term on Thursday.
Presidential spokesman Brig. Gen. Rashid Quershi told CNN that the date for Musharraf’s army exit was set Monday after the federal government approved an October parliamentary vote that handed him another five years in power. Musharraf has repeatedly tried to assuage critics, both home and abroad, by pledging to stand down as army chief, but there were fears that he would renege on the promise as he has done in the past.


It remains to be seen whether such a step will actually happen. The only reason that General Musharraf has been able to stay in power for 8 long years is because of the fact that he remains as the head of the army; and anybody who knows Pakistan knows that the army is the center of power in the country and has the potential to over-turn any Government or any ruling party (as it has done so many times in the past).
Of course, if General Musharraf no longer remains the army chief, but is the President, then he no longer will have the power to over-turn any future political establishment. It will be for the future army chiefs to wield the power as they wish. So, in some time in the future, when either Benazir Bhutto or Nawaz Sharif becomes the Prime Minister and General Musharraf remains the President, it will be interesting to see how relations between them develop.

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