Thursday, November 22, 2007

Military gangster in Pakistan has his way

From Times online, November 22, 2007

Pakistan court rules in Musharraf's favour


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President Musharraf could step down as head of the military as soon as the end of this week

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Pakistan's Supreme Court today cleared the last legal hurdle for President Pervez Musharraf to be confirmed in office after winning fresh presidential elections last month.

The court – stuffed with judges sympathetic to General Musharraf – today took less than an hour to throw out the sixth and final legal challenge to the constitutionality of his standing for office while still in the military.

General Musharraf is now expected to doff his uniform and quit as head of the army within days, in order to continue the appearance of moving from military dictatorship to civilian democracy.

"The petition is dismissed," said chief justice Abdul Hameed Dogar.

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