In Pakistan General Pervez Musharraf apparently will quit his army post so he can remain as president of the country.
He is presently also the head of the army and he has been wearing his soldier’s uniform over the eight years since he seized power in a coup. He has been in the army all his adult life and the Pakistani army has incredible power and status in that country.
Musharraf is facing parliamentary elections and threats from his own Supreme Court that could force him from office.
Musharraf has been in lengthy talks with Benazir Bhutto, the former prime minister who heads the center-left Pakistan People’s Party. Bhutto is saying that Musharraf plans to quit the army in exchange for her support.
Like many politicians in Pakistan, the good looking, Harvard educated Mrs. Bhutto is a bit of a crook –more than a bit, actually. She and her husband were indefatigable in accumulating wealth through bribes and corrupt deals. She has allegedly sealed an agreement with Musharraf to drop all corruption charges against her so she can return from exile.
She would join forces with Musharraf so he could stay in office for another five years.
Mrs. Bhutto has been in exile for years. When I was in Pakistan right after 9/11, she was living in luxury in Dubai and the UK. She has many powerful friends in Washington among liberal policy makers.