President Musharraf will remain General Musharraf
“Ninety six percent (of people) will say ‘do not remove (the uniform),'” the army chief told the private ARY TV network. “You should go and ask this.” [Musharraf/WP]
He also claimed that there is nothing unconstitutional about him remaining both President and Army chief at the same time.
In Pakistan, Musharraf is the ultimate interpreter of the Constitution, and by the doctrine of necessity, he is usually right. But how he managed to arrive at the exact figure of 96% is a mystery. In any case, instead of asking the television crew to assess what the Pakistani people like, he should ask the election commission to make a stab at it.
Nothing surprising here. Musharraf remains a serial-breaker of promises. At this rate, only an ‘act of god‘ can remove him from the scene.