Musharraf bids farewell to armed forces commanders

November 27th, 2007 - 7:31 pm ICT by admin  

Islamabad, Nov.27(ANI):President General Pervez Musharraf today bid farewell to his army colleagues on Tuesday, a day before he demits the office of Chief of Army Staff and prepares to take oath for a second consecutive presidential term on Thursday.
Musharraf visited the Joint Staff headquarters in Rawalpindi and the naval and air force headquarters in Islamabad.
He will be replaced by Lt. General Ashfaq Kiyani, who is well regarded by Western counterparts and has also worked with Bhutto after she first become prime minister in the late 1980s
As with Musharraf, Kiyani is likely to face calls from the United States and other Western allies to do more to cut the flow of fighters and weapons from militant havens on the Afghan border.
Analysts say Musharraf will be able to count on Kiyani’s backing as long as huge protests don’t erupt.
Meanwhile, the U.S. State Department spokesman, Sean McCormack, welcomed Musharraf’s promise to take off his uniform before being sworn in as president as a positive step. (ANI)

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