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Is Musharraf going to resign ?

Ever since the last Parliamentary election, President (and former Army Chief) Gen. Musharraf seems like a has-been. It was made crystal clear to him that the voters of the country did not like his policies; they gave parties opposed to him a huge victory and sent his supported parties to a minority. Ever since then, he has seemed like a lame-duck President. In addition, it soon became clear that the man to whom he gave the army over to, General Ashfaq Kiyani has seemed like a man with an independent mind. Even though not exactly disloyal to Musharraf, he has not used the army in the traditional Pakistani ways to interfere in politics (for him, it seems clear that Musharraf is not the army, and any movement against the army would be condemned, but the same does not hold good for Musharraf). Right now, the conflict between Zardari and Nawaz Sharif is preventing movement against Musharraf, but they could come together any time and that would bode badly for Musharraf. The President is the weakest among the trio of President, Prime Minister, and Army Chief:

Pakistan’s President Pervez Musharraf is denying rumors that he is planning to resign following weeks of criticism from his opponents, some of whom have vowed to impeach him. VOA’s Barry Newhouse reports from Islamabad that the president pledged to abide by whatever decisions the country’s new parliament may make on his political future. Nearly four months after President Musharraf’s unpopularity propelled his political opponents to election victories across the country, the former general continues to be a lightning rod for criticism. But despite holding a majority of seats in parliament, his opponents have made no headway in reversing his most controversial policies.
He says that he is not going to resign. But he says in the future, he will monitor the situation – and he will not become what he called a “useless vegetable” or be a witness to what he called “the downfall of the country.”
It is unclear if his opponents in parliament have the two-thirds majority needed for impeachment. As president, Mr. Musharraf can dissolve parliament – which some observers have suggested he may do if parliament moves against him. But the president today said he will abide by any decision parliament reaches.

But from a time when he was the unquestionable leader of Pakistan, the might of the power of the people has reduced his power a great deal. His continuance is now dependent on whether his political enemies can get together and oust him; and of course, he remains on the hitlist of the Taleban.

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