Thursday, November 22, 2007


This sounds like a vaguely familiar routine:
"ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistan's Supreme Court, stacked with judges friendly to President Pervez Musharraf, on Thursday threw out a final challenge to his re-election and paved the way for him to quit as army chief.

The long-awaited ruling comes as Musharraf faces the prospect of Pakistan's second suspension from the Commonwealth since he took power in a bloodless 1999 coup, because he continues to resist calls to fully lift emergency rule imposed on November3.

"Dismissed," Chief Justice Abdul Hamid Dogar said after hearing the petition, the sixth and final challenge to Musharraf's October 6 re-election to be thrown out by the court."

Georgie on the sat-phone: "Well played, Young Grasshoppa." So -- I wonder if hanging up the uniform will really make any difference. Time will tell.