Pakistan: General Musharraf may quit Army


Reuters reported this morning that Pakistan’s President Pervez Musharraf intends to quit his role as the leader of the country’s military before November 15, 2007.

The article sources the news from Senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed, secretary-general of Pakistan’s ruling party, adding that Musharraf’s resignation as military chief would remove a major objection to his being reelected as president this October.

The AP reports Pakistan’s ruling party is likely to reelect Musharraf to another five-year term.

Al-Jazeera says Musharraf ceding his military post will likely lead to a power-sharing deal with Pakistan’s former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, who announced Friday she will return to the country on October 18, after years of exile.

The Pakistani newspaper Dawn reports that Musharraf and leaders from Pakistan’s two main parties met this weekend to discuss the terms of a potential deal with Bhutto.

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