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    Musharraf may become Pakistan President

    Musharraf may become Pakistan President

    Pakistan's President Muhammad Rafiq Tarar is likely to step down "soon" and Chief Executive General Pervez Musharraf may assume the office, Business Recorder published from Karachi said on Thursday.

    ``Informed sources told - Business Recorder - that the staff posted at the President House has been transferred, and it is expected that Gen Musharraf will also assume the office of President of Pakistan,'' the paper said.

    It is likely that Gen Musharraf may act before his visit to the US and the UN next week. Indian analysts see him repeating a Zia-ul Haq to end criticism that he is a military dictator. He may assume the constitutional office and may retain the all-powerful post of the army chief, while running the administration, through a hand-picked civilian.

    Reports in The News and The Nation published Thursday wrote Gen Musharraf is in the process of carrying out the first major reshuffle of the army's top brass since he seized power on October 12 last year. The changes include replacing Lt. Gen. Muhammad Aziz, the chief of general staff (CGS), widely believed to be his principal accomplice in last year's developments who has a potential of emerging a rival in the power game.

    ``He is consolidating his position. But this legal fig leaf will not be recognised by the world community,'' said J N Dixit, a former Indian envoy to Pakistan and foreign secretary. He said Gen Musharraf needed to remove Tarar, appointed to the top post when Nawaz Sharif was in office, as Tarar's presence as the constitutional head could hamper any understanding Musharraf might reach with the US on the role of the religious hardliners in domestic affairs and vis-a-vis Afghanistan. ``His becoming the president is a warning to them.''

    The Indian military establishment has taken note of the changes among their counterparts in the neighbourhood. Sources said that appointment of Lt. Gen. Mohammad Yousaf as the CGS and shifting of Gen. Aziz, a former ISI chief, probably as corps commander to Lahore were important. Yousaf was commander of the Multan-based Strike Corps. Musharraf has also shifted ISI chief, Lt. Gen. Mehmood, to another crucial post as chief of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB), which is engaged in unearthing cases of corruption.


    #2
    You can expect anything from this guy in uniform. History may well repeat itself and we may not be able to see the dawn of democracy dawning on us for long - another iceblock of hard luck we are heading for.

    As far as President Tarar is concerned, he should have been stepped down soon after the coup since he reached the corridors of power through elected representatives - a process which is the pillar of democratict polity. But Mr President decided to stick to the presidency, knowing very well that all he has been and he has to do is to attend infrequent launching ceremonies of books and inaugrations of worksops and attending seminars. He himself should have worked it out before being kicked out by the heavy boots.

    After being stripped of crucial constitutional powers, our presidents are nought for any practical purposes. I am of the view that the presidency should have been abolished to save all the expendatures allocated for this purpose.

    Musharraf - we really don't know what this guy is going to do. He is not as simple a character as seems to be. He may be turned out to be another Zia, as we knew from the very begining that the mission he has embarked upon, may not go according to a plan - same like wars. However useful his tenure as CE (or president) would be counted, we have to return to democracy and we will have to start all over again because a democratic system can not be forced into the uniform of military decipline.

    Anyway, lets see how many injuries are left in the store of fate for us.
    Reh gaya kaam hamaara hi baghawat likhna...

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      #3
      Aint this nice.
      Indians worrying about democracy in Pakistan.
      Will wonders never cease???

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      CROIRE A L'INCROYABLE
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        #4
        When Tarrar was made President by NS I along with a lot of people thought it was a terrible decision but now it seems to have been the best thing NS did for PAK.

        Tarrar has been 100% loyal to Musharraf and has dutifully carried out all his limited constitutional duties - from issuing PCO's and ordinaces on behalf of the CE, meeting foreign dignataries and making neutral speeches etc. Letting Tarrar continue as President has been one of the CE's best moves - it has given added constitutional/legal cover to the CE's government.

        There are rumours in Pakistan that Musharraf will declare himself President either in the coming weeks or in December 2002 - after Tarrar's term expires. The latter will allow Musharraf to continue as effective leader of PAK after the October 2002 Supreme Court deadline.

        But when he does become President, Musharraf will have made changes in the constitution that will make the President more powerful and give the NSC very powerful position.

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          #5
          Well good to see you back you *******!!
          Where have you been?
          How was karachi and stuff??

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          CROIRE A L'INCROYABLE
          You can't fix stupid. So might as well troll them!

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            #6
            Well good to see you again too CM !

            I've been reading some of the posts you have posted since I have been away and man you're the greatest... you really give them hell!

            I'll drop you an e-mail about my exploits in PAK and Saudi in the next day or so...

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              #7
              Look forward to your e-mail.
              Also read NYA posts in the culture section about pakistan.
              They are a real laugh.
              Maybe you could something of the sorts.
              Anyway since we are patting each others backs.
              When in the states i kept an active eye on the e-mail rani got about indians and which you successfully riped to shreads.
              Now that was a GOOD POST!!!
              AND DAMN FUNNY TOO!!!

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              CROIRE A L'INCROYABLE
              You can't fix stupid. So might as well troll them!

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                #8

                Is Internet access such a difficult thing in Pakistan. Whenever somebody visits Pakistan, it almost seems like he has gone to a remote land (village) ...

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                  #9
                  Really i wonder what they say about India??
                  Welcome to the Land of the Lost!!!!

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                  CROIRE A L'INCROYABLE
                  You can't fix stupid. So might as well troll them!

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                    #10
                    Some1,

                    Internet access is quite widespread across Pakistan especially in the big cities and believe it or not even in the remotest of villages. In fact Pakistan is coasting the Internet superhigway full speed.

                    But many of us overseas Pakistani's who go to PAK, go for a limited period i.e. 2 to 3 weeks and spend almost the ENTIRE time visiting family and friends apart from attending weddings and other such functions. Hence spending hours on the internet is a rarity. As you know there are many who are permanently resident in Pakistan and post frequently on this forum.

                    Thats how my recent visit to PAK was spent but others may have had other commitments?



                    [This message has been edited by Malik73 (edited September 05, 2000).]

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                      #11
                      Is Internet access such a difficult thing in Pakistan. Whenever somebody visits Pakistan, it almost seems like he has gone to a remote land (village) ...............
                      >>>>>>>>
                      wow some1 u just cant stay out of it. may be you could open another thread and ask this question to ppl..
                      simple answer to your q. ppl have some other bz to take care of somtime they dont have to use the internet .
                      >>>>>>>>
                      Malik bahiiiiiiiii welcome back .. how was your trip , did you perform HAJJ. how was pk i m going next month.

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                        #12
                        Welcome Back Malik. Hope you had great time in Mecca/Medina Sharif and in Pakistan. Please share with us you take on the current atmosphere (political, economic, and social). I had a grand time in Lahore and I didnít want to come back. In my next life, I will stay put.

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                          #13
                          perhaps we should open another thread to welcome malik back....

                          If Musharaf decides to become President would it change anything....? NO
                          so why ask ...

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                            #14
                            More news (rumours) on the very clever and foxy CE promoting himself to the Presidency. Any bets on when this will happen? I think it will happen on or or around 12th October?
                            http://www.nation.com.pk/top4.htm

                            Return to civilian rule on the cards

                            The military government is seriously considering a proposal to put in place a civilian interim set-up under a Prime Minister with Chief Executive General Pervez Musharraf to replace President Rafiq Tarar as head of State, according to informed sources.

                            The President is expected either to step down or go on indefinite medical leave, paving the way for the Chief Executive to assume the office, sources, who sought anonymity, told The Nation on Thursday.
                            A final decision on this is expected in the near future, if not soon after General Musharraf's return from New York where he had gone to attend the Millennium Summit of the United Nations.

                            The sources said the Chief Executive's role as the head of government would be taken over by a "comparatively clean" politician.
                            The sources said the military government was seriously considering these changes because of the formidable problems it faced, both on internal and external fronts.

                            The government has come to recognize that its efforts to secure a fresh programme of financial assistance from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) is unlikely to succeed unless there is a swift return to civilian rule.

                            This would also neutralize India's refusal to enter into diplomatic negotiations with Pakistan as long as the government is headed by a soldier.

                            Besides, the consideration of installing a civilian set-up seems to have been necessitated by the military's discomfort at directly negotiating on controversial subjects including foreign aid, Kashmir and nuclear non-proliferation.

                            The sources pointed to the growing rift within the ranks of the Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) as a precursor to the appointment of an interim civilian prime minister, who would probably come from that party.

                            Senior PML leaders who have, over the past few months, mounted a serious challenge to Nawaz Sharif's presidency of the party, are expected to play a significant role in the interim administration.

                            The sources said the make-up of the interim federal and provincial governments is likely to reflect the regional strength of different political parties, giving the impression of a national interim set-up.
                            However, much depends on Pakistan's major diplomatic and political partners' still "undisclosed" commitment to the military government in lieu of swift return to the civilian rule.

                            The return to civilian rule might be a pre-condition to the settlement of major issues-the CTBT, Afghanistan, Kashmir, financial assistance and talks with India-with the support of the US, Japan, European Union and Commonwealth.

                            However, there are two imponderables that will affect the government decision: the ability of the cooperating politicians to deliver public support on the difficult decisions required, as well as the necessary indemnities and constitutional changes, and the quid pro quo offered by the Western powers.

                            If either the politicians fail to show their ability to deliver the goods, or the Western powers' commitments prove to be either inadequate or evasive, then the government will probably opt to soldier on and fight it out.

                            As far the restoration of Parliament is concerned, the Chief Executive has himself categorically ruled out this option, though a couple of politicians had hinted on this consideration after meeting him.

                            The politicians who met the Chief Executive and also spoke to the Press are clearly divided in two groups. While those from the PML (N) pleaded for restoration of democracy through restoration of the suspended Parliament and assemblies, the others stressed for holding of fresh elections. Now even the PML(N) is divided, with party chief Nawaz Sharif now throwing his weight behind a rejection of the restoration proposal.

                            However, what appears in the face of this political change is a national interim set-up with the Chief Executive becoming President to supervise implementation of his seven-point agenda at least until the three-year term given by the Supreme Court expires.
                            The international emphasis on a return to civilian rule, as opposed to restoration of democracy, has provided, the government believes, a loophole which would allow it to continue to exercise power more or less directly, but without the flak that military rule brings.

                            It would allow the government to meet the international demand of a return to civilian rule without returning to democracy, and it would allow India to deal with a government headed by a civilian, even if the head of state is a soldier.

                            The ascension of General Musharraf to the presidency, even if only in an acting capacity, would also facilitate promotions within the Army.

                            Sources predicted the recreation of the post of Vice Chief of Army Staff, to be held by a four-star general.
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                            t may be mentioned that similar proposals were floated during the Zia Martial Law, and provision was made in the 1981 PCO for a civilian Vice-President to be appointed to accommodate Pir Pagaro, but the matter moved no further after Zia and Pagaro failed to reach an understanding.

                            While the sources said the government was serious in its intentions, its negotiations with certain politicians would determine whether or not these proposals would be given practical shape.


                            - HAIL TO PRESIDENT PERVAIZ MUSHARRAF !

                            - ARMY RULES !!


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