Musharraf: “Call me ‘MR. President’ on Thursday”November 26, 2007 · Okay, now it’s going to get interesting. Dawn, the Times of London, and The Guardian report that Pervez Musharraf will retire from the Pakistani army on Wednesday to take the presidential oath as a civilian on Thursday. According to Dawn, his attorney general, Malik Qayyum,…

Musharraf Visits MilitaryIn Final Role as Army Chief Associated PressNovember 27, 2007 11:11 a.m. RAWALPINDI, Pakistan — President Gen. Pervez Musharraf bade farewell to the military Tuesday, a day before he planned to step down as army chief and restore Pakistan to civilian rule in an effort to ease the country’s political crisis.Former Prime Minister…

Pakistan puts Army boots on the ground in Swat Many Pakistani observers welcomed the move into the area, which is a stronghold of Taliban-like extremists. By David Montero from the November 28, 2007 editionEven as he remains publicly embroiled with the secular opposition, Pakistan’s Gen. Pervez Musharraf’s real war with militants is heating up –…

Strings attached to Sharif’s return Strings attached to Sharif’s return By Syed Saleem Shahzad KARACHI – There was a day when former premier Nawaz Sharif was part of Pakistan’s ruling military oligarchy. He tried to be independent and a strongman, and consequently was removed from power in a bloodless coup by now President General Pervez…

Sharif makes it back to Pakistan second time lucky By Zeeshan HaiderISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Former Pakistan prime minister Nawaz Sharif made a successful comeback from exile on Sunday in his second attempt this year.Ousted by President Pervez Musharraf in a bloodless military coup in 1999 and exiled to Saudi Arabia a year later, Sharif tried…

Pakistan: An Interesting Perspective from a well-infomed Journalist Belligerent Benazir inadvertently helped Musharraf Three weeks after emergency, the general is back on his feet By Kamran Khan: The News, November 23, 2007KARACHI: Just three weeks after pushing Pakistan into the second emergency rule of his eight-year reign, President Gen Pervez Musharraf appears to have survived…

”Intelligence Brief: Musharraf’s Rule Destabilizing Pakistan” November 5. In March 2007, after Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf dismissed the country’s chief justice, Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry, PINR argued that “unless Washington has found a credible successor to Musharraf who will continue to support U.S. policies in the region, its interests call it to continue to work with…

Musharraf returns from Saudi Arabia, suspense over SharifWed Nov 21, 2007 2:02am ESTBy Simon Cameron-MooreISLAMABAD (Reuters) – President Pervez Musharraf returned on Wednesday from a visit to Saudi Arabia that had sparked speculation whether he would reach out to former prime minister Nawaz Sharif or seek to extend his exile there.The extent of Musharraf’s political…

November 18, 2007 U.S. Secretly Aids Pakistan in Guarding Nuclear Arms By DAVID E. SANGER and WILLIAM J. BROAD WASHINGTON, Nov. 17 — Over the past six years, the Bush administration has spent almost $100 million on a highly classified program to help Gen. Pervez Musharraf, Pakistan’s president, secure his country’s nuclear weapons, according to…

The general pulls a fast one By Syed Saleem Shahzad KARACHI – A few days after President General Pervez Musharraf declared a state of emergency on November 10, Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), the secret service agency, met with leaders of the opposition parties to decide on a roadmap for a caretaker administration leading to general…