President Musharraf likely to extend tenure of General Musharraf

November 14th, 2007 - 10:24 am ICT by admin  

Musharraf’s counsel, Syed Sharifuddin Pirzada, had produced an undertaking before the apex court last month that the General would doff his military uniform before taking oath of office as President for another term.

He contended that the tenure of the President as the Army Chief would terminate on November 16 this year.

Sources said that as soon the verdict of the apex court about the eligibility of Musharraf is pronounced, Musharraf would install caretaker governments at the centre and in the provinces simultaneously.

He would also announce the date of elections.

The government has reportedly already made up its mind to hold national and provincial elections on the same day, sources said.

Meanwhile, official quarters are trying very hard to brush aside the impression that the decision pertaining to the general elections without much delay was taken as the result of the US President George Bush’s ‘frantic’ telephone call on late Wednesday.

Political observers are of the opinion that Musharraf’s announcements cannot be termed as big concessions in national politics.

Had he withdrawn the state of emergency and restored the Constitution, it would have been a great surprise, they added.

Western diplomats in Islamabad are hopeful about an announcement being made soon because of the pressure being put on Pakistan to embrace complete democracy, The News reported. (ANI)

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