Musharraf to quit as Army Chief on December 1, says Pak Attorney General

November 15th, 2007 - 11:48 pm ICT by admin  

Islamabad, Nov 15 (ANI): Pakistan President General Pervez Musharraf will quit as Chief of Army Staff (COAS) before December 1, Attorney General Malik Mohammad Qayyum made the announcement here.
Musharraf’s announcement to quit the post of Army Chief comes amidst growing international pressures on him for doffing the army uniform as its close ally, the US, had also demanded the same.
US President George Bush had earlier said that Musharraf should not remain both as the Chief of Army and the President of Pakistan.
Before imposing emergency in the country, Musharraf had vowed to doff his uniform once the Supreme Court approves his candidature in the controversial October 6 Presidential election.
Meanwhile, the Provisional Constitutional Order (PCO) has been amended in which the Army Chief has given the authority to the President of Pakistan to lift the emergency, indicating that Musharraf who had imposed emergency as the COAS would later revoke it as the President of the country.
General Ashfaq Pervez Kiani, who was named as the Vice Chief of Army Staff on October 2, is all set to become the Chief of Army Staff.
Recipient of the Hilal-i-Imtiaz award or the “Crescent of Excellence,” Pakistan’s second highest civilian award, General Kiani 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. (ANI)

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