Musharraf may dissolve National Assembly

November 14th, 2007 - 8:17 am ICT by admin  
Sources said that Musharraf would doff his uniform on or before November 15th only if his re-election is validated.

Sources close to the President confided that martial law was not an option while the imposition of emergency would also be a hard option because of its serious implications.

A reasonable number of President’s aides and close political associates have spoken strongly against the option of martial law even if the decision goes against Musharraf, they said.

But there are a few who do favour emergency to buy some time for political manoeuvring to secure his stay in the presidency for the next five years.

Some of Musharraf’s aides are of the view that in case of an adverse decision, the General should instantly dissolve the National Assembly and announce general elections to be held in January-February next year.

They said that Musharraf would continue as President and would not doff his uniform by November 15th, which is the constitutional deadline for his two offices.

The strategy is to undo through a constitutional amendment the mandatory post-service two-year bar on government servants from taking part in politics or getting elected as member of the national or provincial assembly, The News quoted sources, as saying.

Once such amendment is through, the source said, the presidential election would be held and Musharraf would be re-elected.

The martial law is generally not considered as an option even by the members of the presidential camp, it is admitted that the fallout of even the imposition of emergency would be extremely serious, both politically and economically. (ANI)

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