ATP Poll: What Lies in Gen. Musharraf’s Future?

Posted on June 1, 2008
Filed Under >Adil Najam, ATP Poll, People, Politics
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Adil Najam

What lies in Gen. Musharraf's Future?Noises drenched in that uniquely Pakistani mix of rumor, spin, speculation, and analysis suggest that something is afoot in Army House, Rawalpindi. Some suggest that spurred from the US as well as the new political dispensation in Pakistan, but largely because of their own accord, the military leadership is finally ready to ease Gen. Musharraf not only out of Army House, but also out of the Presidency. Official spokesmen, of course, deny this vehemently. Which, given that this is Pakistan, adds an added layer of authenticity to the rumors.

It is time, once again, to wonder what lies in the future of Pakistan.

Although October 2007 now feels like another era, we had asked some similar questions then. At that point we had wondered about the future of Pakistan’s politics (for the next year) in light of the possibility of Gen. Musharraf doffing his uniform. Our readers’ responses had been mostly on the mark – most of you had predicted a year of increased political turbulence and a curtailing of Gen. Musharraf’s influence. Of course, the year is not up yet and anything could well happen between now and October 2008.

The Future of Pakistan's politics

The record of our readers in the last ATP Poll we did – on the future of the PML(N)-PPP coalition – was a little less stellar. Most had thought that the coalition would weather the judicial storm. As it turned out, the coalition fell even before the Poll ended.

So, what do you think lies in Gen. Musharraf’s future between now and October 2008. Has anything changed since the last poll? What? Do vote and do share your views in the comments section.

36 responses to “ATP Poll: What Lies in Gen. Musharraf’s Future?”

  1. faraz says:

    hello brother
    i am very happy from you ail you are right if Musharraf gone they think Pakistan will Chang no there is no changing coming out if Musharraf left his position because he is the only man who think about Pakistan and rest of peoples they don’t know how to deal with those so call Muslim fighter them self.Ali head off to you brother if peoples like you in Pakistan i am sure Pakistan future is bright thanks bro again.

  2. faisal says:

    If u see the war history of Pakistan, each war can be associated with a lost popularity of a dictator/lost popularity of army. 1965.. massive rigging by Ayub against Fatima Jinnah. 1971… Yahya khan needing securities to stay in power. 1979.Afghan War- Zia hangs the most popular leader…83 Siachin… Afghan war losing popularity. 86-89… PakistanArmy starts interfering in Amritsar and Kashmir. 1999 After Nawaz Sharif shakes hand with Indians in Lahore Kargil starts.
    Infact Pakistan Army needs a Hostile Border or internal hostility to get huge budgets .. make defence societies and grow the MILITARY INC.

  3. Aamir Ali says:


    Actually you talk just like a mullah. Please answer my question from the previous post, in which I asked you to explain your claim how Osama Bin Laden, Baitullah Mehsud, Taliban etc. are American agents.

    I also want to add another question: do you believe terrorists exists in Pakistan or does Musharraf just go around bombing innocents for fun ?

  4. Bilal Hussain says:


    This is not a forum where adhominem argument is encouraged. I hate justifying negative statements even though; I indeed appreciate Mr. musharraf for how smartly he misused the consolidation instruments like you. You people have thought that musharraf is a “PANACEA” that can solve every problem. We

  5. Aamir Ali says:


    Pretty fantastic argument of yours that Osama Bin Laden, Baitullah Mehsud, Taliban etc. who’s sole mission in life is to kill Americans, and also any Muslims who get in their way, are AMERICAN AGENTS!

    That alone shows that you live in a mullah fantasy world and why you cannot understand why Mr Musharraf took action against terrorists. You need to come out of your fantasy world in order to have meaningful discussions.

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