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Seen the light Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-14-08 04:37 PM
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Insiders say Musharraf to resign
Source: CBS News

Reports of Pakistan's president Pervez Musharraf's decision to step down by Sunday and avoid a parliamentary impeachment which could begin on Monday, does little to end internal political discord in the U.S.-backed south Asian country, senior Western diplomats warned late Thursday night.

The warnings from diplomats followed confirmation to CBS News from two senior Pakistani government officials who both said, president Musharraf had decided to step down by Sunday. They officials spoke on condition that they would not be named due to the sensitivity of the information.

Just before stepping down, Musharraf would hand charge to Mohammad Mian Soomro, chairman of Pakistan's senate and next in line to the president. Soomro will then continue as acting president of the country till fresh elections and held within six to twelve weeks, according to one of the two Pakistani government officials who spoke to CBS News.

News of Musharraf's departure will present the U.S. with the dilemma of re-establishing close relations with a new Pakistani president, especially to carry on close coordination between the two countries in the U.S. led war on terror. But questions remain over the way such a transition would work.

Read more: http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2008/08/14/world/main435...
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ccharles000 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-14-08 04:42 PM
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1. umm
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Alexander Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-14-08 04:45 PM
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2. Some info about Mohammad Mian Soomro, who will replace Mushie.
Edited on Thu Aug-14-08 04:46 PM by Alexander
"Muhammad Mian Soomro (Sindhi: محمد میاں سومرو ) was the caretaker Prime Minister of Pakistan from 16 November 2007 to 25 March 2008 and has been the Chairman of the Senate of Pakistan since 2002. Soomro comes from a renowned political family of Sindh that has been active in public life since 1923. His father, the late Ahmad Mian Soomro, was a seasoned parliamentarian, who was Deputy Speaker of the West Pakistan Assembly and a member of the Senate of Pakistan and helped establish the Senate Committee Systems.

An internationally recognized professional banker, Soomro held various top positions both at home and abroad in national and international organizations such as the Bank of America."


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mohammad_Mian_Soomro
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stray cat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-14-08 05:06 PM
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3. Hope they keep the nuclear weapons secure
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cal04 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-14-08 06:27 PM
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4. Musharraf will step down, say aides
By Farhan Bokhari in Islamabad

http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/971acf1c-6a19-11dd-83e8-00007...

Pakistans beleaguered president Pervez Musharraf is to step down after nine years in office, government officials and a member of his circle have told the Financial Times.

A senior officer in Mr Musharrafs camp on Thursday conceded that he had decided to step down to avoid a parliamentary impeachment that was likely to begin on Monday.

A senior Pakistani government official said that a deal had been brokered between president Musharraf and members of the newly elected coalition government, with the army playing a key role in the agreement.

The president will neither be impeached nor prosecuted on any charges. He will try and stay in Pakistan, said the official.


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ohio2007 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-14-08 08:15 PM
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5. Musharraf Is Expected to Resign in Next Few Days
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/15/world/asia/15pstan.ht...

Will the military step in to the border fight or take orders from the ISI?
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