27 July, 2021

Finale For The Grandee

Musharraf won't exit. Nor will he merely exist. His options?

Finale For The Grandee
Go Musharraf Go! This pithy slogan had echoed countrywide over the last one year, eventually finding a dramatic expression in the historic February 18 results. The stunning victory of the Opposition—the PPP and PML(N)—has considerably diminished Pakistan president Pervez Musharraf's power, stature and even verve. All the same, he has categorically ruled out resignation, claiming he wants to play the "father figure" to what he hopes will be a "harmonious coalition" government.

Most analysts feel Musharraf's best option should have been to resign as president. Says Najam Sethi, editor of the Lahore-based Daily Times: "Ideally, Musharraf might be advised to voluntarily quit, redeem some honour and allow the fledgling democracy to settle down and grow." Since he has ruled out resignation, what other options does Musharraf have?

Well, he can opt to peacefully coexist with the PPP and the PML(N). But this entails taking a backseat and becoming a figurehead. First, he has to convince the victorious parties that they can trust him....

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