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    Pakistan approves Musharraf poll

    http://newsvote.bbc.co.uk/hi/english...00/1909026.stm


    Pakistan's cabinet has unanimously approved a national referendum on extending President Pervez Musharraf's term of office for five years.
    According to an official statement, a joint session of the cabinet, provincial governors and the National Security Council of military chiefs agreed to hold the referendum on "important national issues".

    It said General Musharraf will address the nation on Friday to give details of the planned vote.

    The president has made it clear that he intends to legitimise his rule through a referendum.

    The poll will give Pakistanis an opportunity to say if they want him to stay on as their president for another five years after parliamentary elections scheduled for October.

    General Musharraf, who led a bloodless coup in October 1999, ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's elected government, charging it with corruption and abuse of power.


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    #2
    Why is 5 such a magical number? Why not 6 years or 4 years? He is laying the foundations for his end similar to what happened to Zia. It is only a matter of time before someone gets his hand on him. If he think he is so gifted, why canít he leave the Army and run in an election on his own merits?

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      #3
      Originally posted by Shak killS:
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      The poll will give Pakistanis an opportunity to say if they want him to stay on as their president for another five years after parliamentary elections scheduled for October.


      Sorry to say, but every one knows the outcome already.


      [This message has been edited by Mursalin (edited April 03, 2002).]

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        #4
        yea same as we knew the outcome for the ZIA! he always won with majority

        its a shame every leader want to stick to power, he could have made deal with the winnign party as pre condition to elect him. but SABAR nahi hota na!


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          #5
          Its not Pakistan that has approved the referendum, its the people picked by Musharraf who have approved it.
          And yes we all know the outcome already. Just another army shosha.
          We don't forget...its' just that life goes on!

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            #6
            Fantastic - I totally agree with you.

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              #7
              Qazi Hussain has challenged this poll, i think.

              It is another opportunity for Supreme court to salvage its pro-establishment image.

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                #8
                ..last ASmir ul Momneen did that tamasha too which ironoically became Tamasha in front of the whole world !! School teachers were forced to stamp thousands of bogus votes with no compensation for their acheing thumbs the next day
                Saints are fine for Heaven, but they are hell on earth.

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                  #9
                  From BBC: http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/wor...00/1909869.stm

                  Musharraf goes for 'Zia option'

                  General Pervez Musharraf may have been a reluctant coup-maker in October 1999.

                  But not any more. He has now decided that, in his own wisdom, there is a need for him to remain president for another few years to ensure continuity of his economic and political reform programme.

                  Hence the move to hold a national referendum to legitimise his rule even after this year's parliamentary elections.

                  The ambitious General Zia was aware that his real strength lay in his standing as the army chief - and decided not to shed the uniform


                  For General Musharraf, the not so trifling detail that such an exercise lacks constitutional legitimacy does not seem to be causing much concern.

                  He is convinced that the next parliament will never elect him, so a direct vote in the form of a referendum remained the only option.

                  Once he had decided that he would continue as president even after October's parliamentary elections, General Musharraf did not have to look far for inspiration.

                  The country's chequered history presents as many as three models adopted in similar circumstances by previous military rulers.

                  Pakistan's first military ruler, Field Marshal Ayub Khan, hung up his uniform, appointed a new army chief, created a political party and effectively ensured that he would remain president.

                  Support of army peers

                  Yahya Khan initially made it clear he had no desire to be president but got sucked into a treacherous political game that ultimately resulted in a dishonourable exit.

                  The ambitious General Zia, for his part, was aware that his real strength lay in his standing as the army chief - and decided not to shed the uniform.

                  Musharraf's closest associates are understandably reluctant to admit as much, but what he has essentially gone for is the Zia formula.

                  Though members of the opposition would like the world to believe the decision is driven by General Musharraf's personal desire to prolong his stay in power, the move is in fact supported by the entire military leadership.

                  The military establishment wants General Musharraf to use the "legitimacy" bestowed by a referendum to secure a permanent constitutional role for the army.

                  This he is expected to do by prevailing upon the future parliament to accept the military-dominated National Security Council (NSC) as the final authority on issues of national importance.

                  "The army is a political reality in Pakistan. To avoid regular military interventions, its role in the decision-making process must be concretised," says a top government aide.

                  "To keep the army out, you will have to keep the army in," is the way another key adviser interprets the need for a permanent NSC.

                  Seeking legitmacy abroad

                  These officials are convinced that the Westminster-style of parliamentary democracy does not suit Pakistan, and in order to have a friction-free system, there is a need for a mechanism to share power in the form of the NSC.

                  Indeed it appears that the army's outlook vis-ŗ-vis the NSC is the driving force behind the whole referendum exercise.

                  Significantly, the United States and other influential western players have also indicated that they would like President Musharraf to stay in office.

                  With the West interested primarily in Musharraf's campaign against Islamic militancy, the restoration of democracy has clearly become a non-issue.

                  In such a situation, General Musharraf knows he will have no problem in seeking legitimacy from the outside world.

                  He also remains convinced that his reformist policies are in the best interest of the country, and is therefore prepared to wage his reputation.

                  The military-led government feels enough voters can be mobilised to ensure a respectable turn-out to proclaim an honourable victory


                  His aides say the General is aware of the fierce opposition that may come from large political parties, whose boycott campaign may affect voter turn-out - something crucial in such an exercise.

                  So, the government has decided to mend rules to make it convenient for the people to cast their votes, and is planning an aggressive propaganda campaign in the run-up to referendum day.

                  And the military-led government feels that enough voters can be mobilised to ensure a respectable turn-out to proclaim an honourable victory.


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                    #10
                    What did I tell you all. The question asked will be: "Do you support terrorism or Musharraf?" They will forget to mention who in the past sponsored this terrorism.

                    Well, hopefully this time around even Punjabis will protest against the illegal military dictator.

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by Faraz Mir:
                      What did I tell you all. The question asked will be: "Do you support terrorism or Musharraf?" They will forget to mention who in the past sponsored this terrorism.

                      Well, hopefully this time around even Punjabis will protest against the illegal military dictator.
                      You are right You just proved it Pakistanis are dumb and would love to see "Corruption of Political Leaders" again! Even though, Musharraf came into the power illegally, yet he is more superior than other Paki politicians! Are you still awake?

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