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Why is important that Musharaff sheds his uniform..after all..he would still be in control of the army as the President?

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Asked by sumitha, 28 Nov '07 03:16 pm
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Why did the whole world and in particular the polticians and the general population wanted Musharaf to shed his uniform. It was obvious. The control of the army is central to any dictator, to ensure that his uninhibited control over the levers of power are never challenged. Not just true for Pakistan, it has always been true where dictatorships have flourished. To quote a few examples - Spain upto the end of Franco era, Portugal upto the end of Salazar era, Turkey till the recent reforms were introduced (they still need the army approval for any controversial decisions), Chile, Argentina, Algeria, Libya, Nigeria and a whole lot of tinpot dictators all around. They exercised their direct control over the country, because the top commanders, intelligence chiefs, other agencies would report to the dictator and none else directly. That is the heirarchy of the ruling clique, without which no dictaorship can survive. This direct control gives them the power over those immediately subordinat ...more
Answered by Omega, 28 Nov '07 10:34 pm

 
  
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Aree we are in India. I personally dont care whats going on in Paki. All leaders of Pakis are fools. They just fool the world and extract money
Answered by Karan Joshi, 28 Nov '07 03:17 pm

 
  
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Let us think of our motherland why to scratch our head of Pakistan.
Answered by jameel ahmed, 28 Nov '07 04:31 pm

 
  
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Sumitha ...every country have certain strict rules and regulations for their Armed Forces , whether its sepoy or general they fall in the same category ...now musharraf was using his own power ( becoz of military rule in pakistan ) and he doesn't wanted to come out of uniform ...Pakis always love and respect their bosses i.e. USA and when Mr Bush said that he needs to get himself out from unifrom then he accepted and became President of Pakistan ....Now he wont be in control of Pakistan Army but he would now become supreme power of Country and ifs defence .....trust clear ..
Answered by Samir Bose, 28 Nov '07 03:20 pm

 
  
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1) You are wrongly ( ! ) thinking abt Pak's President role ! Indiam Army greatly respects Indian President to the core ! History tells us Pak Army overthows all those politicians / PMs / Presidents etc when they ( Pak Army ) think fit to do so !

2) Secondly who told you that Mr. Musharaff willingly shed his uniform ? USA dictates the terms to whom it helps - politically, militarily & financially for the sake of it's (USAs) interest - including Pak, Afagan, Kuwait etc .

3) Without concreate promises of sustaining help to retain power to himself - from the super-powers, I do'nt think Mr. M is that naive to shed his uniform so easily & willingly !

4) If time permits to you, try to read good books on CIA, Mosad & KGB written by their ex-chiefs - to have some idea abt what is going on abt international politics - behind the curtain. You will be dafinately get shocked to the core !
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Answered by nish pat, 30 Nov '07 10:04 pm

 
  
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By keeping his uniform, Musharraf renders the emergence of an army-based political movement that much more difficult. And that, in the medium and long-term, is good news for Pakistani democracy. :))))))
Answered by Ashish jain, 28 Nov '07 05:32 pm

 
  
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There are many reasons ... for time being here are two key reasons.

1. Imposition of emergency is not going well with US. As long as Musharraf goes around as COAS and president, Pakistan looks like a tinpot dictatorship. This goes against the US dreams of bringing about democracy in Islamic nations.

2. For Musharraf time is running out. As long as Bush is in power he will do whatever US says. Current US music is 'take off the uniform' and we will give you money and the F16 fighter planes.
Answered by gurudev, 28 Nov '07 11:14 pm

 
  
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It doesnt make much of a difference to democracy and Pakistan. However it is very much required by the US government so that they can have him in control of the army alebit as a civilian power holder and at the same time allay fears about a flawed and dictatorial democracy. In the end the people of Pakistan are the true losers. I wouldnt be surprised in Mushy and US have a power brokering arrangement with either Bhutto or Sharif so that any one them gets their support and even rigged elections so that the US can use the Pak army and keep alive the puppet democracy. A failed state indeed. I wonder how long this game would last. Probably once the US gets rid of AlQaeda and the Pak nuclear button it will call it a day as it did in Afghanistan during the Soviert era.
Answered by Saj Sierra, 28 Nov '07 06:35 pm

 
  
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I dont thnk so Dear Sumitha. Coz with uniform he will be probably giving up his authority (written / verbal) to directly command Pak army. He can no more sign military decrees himself. He will need another General to do it for him & there are instances in the past where the persons in actual command, after gaining some confidence or power, have refused to budge or blindly obey their ex boss, predecessor or mentors. Its life. Be it military or civilian life. People adore & dread rising sun. In short, there is no guarantee Gen. Mushraf's army successor shall remain absolutely loyal to him even if, the former chooses his own trusted lieutanent or a puppet for that post.
Stories of ex Presidents, Dictetors ( particularly from African / South American countries ) being over thrown by their own trusted deputies, are not new.

And please dont forget he has enemies within Pak military. Brig Hamid Gul, the one time powerful chief of ISS, has already locked horns with Gen. Musharaf.
So ' ...more
Answered by Cocktail, 28 Nov '07 04:38 pm

 
  
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presidents dont control in pakistan .....wait and watch is the game
Answered by subhashish chakraborty, 28 Nov '07 03:21 pm

 
  
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