Gen. Musharraf to become Mr. Musharraf on Thursday

Posted on November 27, 2007
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So finally, General Pervez Musharraf would become Mr. Pervez Musharraf on Thursday when he will be sworned in as a civilian president at the Aiwan-i-Sadr, Islamabad (13th president of Pakistan). Gen. Musharraf will retire after occupying Chief of the Army Staff post for more than nine years. Given a choice, I am sure he would have loved to continue for another 5-10 years and beat the record set by late Gen. Zia. But anyways, Musharraf paid farewell visits to Joint Staff, Air and Naval headquarters today where he met senior military officials one last time as COAS. Former DG ISI, Gen. Ashfaq Pervez Kayani will take over as new Chief of the Army Staff from Thursday. ATP readers who wish to know more about Gen. Kayani may find this bbc article very interesting.

Musharraf is taking his uniform off at a time when he has become highly unpopular, country is under unnecessary Martial Law, judiciary has been completely destroyed, lawyers and civil society are on the streets protesting against him, media is under severe curbs and he hardly has any friends left anywhere. It would be interesting to see how Gen. Musharraf survives in future as a civilian president.

He would require endorsement of PCO and all his actions since November 3 from newly elected assembly, if elections are held, which will be an uphill task and I really don’t see HOW it will happen unless Q-League wins again.

But then again, anything is possible in Pakistan. Who knows, Q-League wins with a heavy mandate this time after brilliant performance of 5 years in power.

According to Daily Times:

President General Pervez Musharraf would take oath as civilian president at 11am on Thursday, but before this he would relinquish charge of chief of army staff (COAS) to start his second term as president of Pakistan.

“Yes, he is going to take oath at 11am on Thursday,” Musharraf’s spokesman Maj Gen (r) Rashid Qureshi told Daily Times on Monday. He also confirmed that the Ministry of Defence had issued a notification of his retirement as army chief after being in office for nine years.

Farewell: Defence Ministry sources said Musharraf would start holding farewell meetings today (Tuesday) – a clear indication that he had decided to call it a day. “Musharraf will meet top military commanders, principal staff officers and senior colleagues,” defence sources said. The formal handing over of charge to his successor is also part of the farewell proceedings, they added. The sources said Musharraf was fulfilling the promise he made to the nation and the Supreme Court of vacating the army post before taking oath as president. Preparations for the ceremony to mark the change of army command are underway, and a formal ceremony will take place at General Headquarters in Rawalpindi, defence sources said.

After the completion of the ceremony, the Defence Ministry will announce the appointment of the new chief of army staff, sources said. A special meeting of corps commanders is expected before the handing over ceremony, they added.

Born in 1943 in New Delhi, Musharraf enrolled in the Kakul Military Academy in 1961. He was commissioned in the Artillery Regiment in 1964. Former premier Nawaz Sharif appointed him as the country’s 13th army chief on October 8, 1998. On October 12, 1999, he ousted Sharif in a bloodless coup and bundled him off to Saudi Arabia on December 10, 2000. On October 7, 2001, Musharraf extended his military term, which is supposed to be a three-year tenure post, for an unspecified period. After the late General Ziaul Haq, who was army chief for more than 12 years from April 1, 1976 to August 17, 1988, Musharraf’s tenure as army chief has been the longest. Last week, the new SC judges validated Musharraf’s victory in an October 6 presidential election, clearing the way for him to serve a further five years in office.

Army security, staff to stay: Sources said President Musharraf’s security would remain entrusted to the army, even after taking oath as a civilian president. A special contingent of Pakistan Army’s Special Services Group, headed by a brigadier, has been tasked with ensuring Musharraf’s security. General Musharraf has also decided to retain his current military staff after resigning as army chief, it was learnt. This includes a full time military secretary, deputy military secretary and deputy chief of staff.

It is too early and premature to say what legacy Gen. Musharraf is leaving as COAS and how he will be remembered. Only time will tell. After all, he is still going to rule us for another 5 years (atleast he thinks that way). So what if he is wearing a suit this time. But lets just hope that Gen. Kayani stays away from politics and takes serious steps to improve the deteriorating image of Pakistan Army.

139 responses to “Gen. Musharraf to become Mr. Musharraf on Thursday”

  1. abid says:

    what a brave men great leader comandar

  2. I. Q. Butt says:

    This winter is different from all other winters in that this is the season of jokes and Pakistan is the only blessed country in the community of two hundred plus where government plays a part of a joker.

    we heard the first joke of this winter when COAS General Pervaiz Musharif delegated the authority of withdrawing emergency rule to President General Musharif.

    Then comes another one this time from General Retired Pervaiz Musharif when he said Cheif Justice tried to block his candidancy “illegally” just like Prime Minister in 1998 sacked then COAS General Pervaiz Musharif “illegally”.

    Last but not least latest joke comes from the office of new COAS when he said 2008 will be celeberated as Army’s year as if since its inception in 1947 people of Pakistan have been living under civilian rule.

    I used the word governemnt in the first sentence because it is Army that calls all shots in Pakistan and its COAS is PM, President, FM, Cheif Justice or whatever he wants to be in the land of pure.

  3. Rafay Kashmiri says:


    Musharraf’s biggest enemy, we all agree is, Political ISI,
    but the “coup de grace” was given by PML Q. They ruined
    him from his Cap to the Boots. External, pressure and
    interference is going on since the first visit of our late
    PM Liaquat A Khan to US, who went there without a constitution in the country. Never seen in the History,!!!
    Musharraf should satisfy my demands which are the same
    as anybody’s, i.e. no Army rule, democracy, constitution &
    normal functionning of Institutions by creating if inexistant,
    If you are divided, then forget it, he will win under your
    noses, and no one has the courrage to confront him and his
    Juthaa, he has enourmous power you can just dream.
    He is surrounded by his foes, who are waiting just one
    gaffe from his side just to bust him. Will this chance be availed? NO the climate is just the contrary.
    Now if you put yourselves in his shoes, what would you do??
    and he wants power, a direct power, who ever will be his
    PM, wo’nt be able to sleep.
    available coalition is BB Fazlu PMLQ (risk).
    Fazlu is capable to throw BB in the Arabian sea, she has
    not precautionary cards to play. You must have noticed
    between Mushy and Fazlu no communications, very easy to
    call Fazlu and offer, and Fazlu will say YES, BB has hit
    herself with enormous axe on her feet. She will be thrown out of the milk like an unwanted fly.

  4. Bangash says:

    Rafay Kashmiri:

    I think you also belong in the group asking Musharraf for too much. Also begs the question why should Musharraf satisfy you ?

  5. Bangash says:

    Pervez Musharraf should be respect for his 46 year service to his country. The anti-musharraf fanatics have never served anything.

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