Musharraf likely to quit from Army Chief post by Thursday

November 26th, 2007 - 10:33 pm ICT by admin  

Rawalpindi, Nov 26 (ANI): Pakistan President General Pervez Musharraf is expected to doff his army uniform and become a civilian President on Thursday, according to the army spokesperson.
“He (General Musharraf) is going to take oath (of Pakistan’s presidency) as has been announced by the government on (November) 29, most probably, so he is going to take off his uniform a day before that,” The News quoted army spokesman, Maj. Gen. Waheed Arshad, as saying.
This is the first time that the Pakistan Army has officially announced Musharraf’s stepping down from the chief of Army post.
Musharraf had earlier promised to quit as Army Chief once the Supreme Court validates his victory in the October 6 presidential polls.
Recently, the newly constituted bench of the Supreme Court dismissed all petitions that challenged Musharraf’s candidature for becoming the President of the country for three consecutive terms.
On October 2, this year, General Ashfaq Pervez Kiyani was named as the Vice Chief of Army Staff of Pakistan Army, so that he could become the Army Chief once Musharraf vacates the post.
Recipient of the Hilal-i-Imtiaz award or the “Crescent of Excellence,” Pakistan’s second highest civilian award, General Kiyani was the chief of the Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) from 2004, and played a crucial role in the talks between former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto and Musharraf.
The son of an Army NCO, he climbed rapidly through military ranks after he joined Pakistan Army in 1970. He was also Deputy Military Secretary to Bhutto, when she became Prime Minister for the first time in 1988.
He was promoted to Lieutenant General rank in 2003 and was made Corps Commander of the powerful X Corps at Rawalpindi. (ANI)

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