Theodore's World: President of Pakistan Pervez Musharraf Resigns

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August 18, 2008

President of Pakistan Pervez Musharraf Resigns

President Pervez Musharraf of Pakistan announced his resignation Monday, the eve of an impeachment procedure announced by his government.


He went on national TV to say that while he was confident the charges would not stand, this was not the time for more confrontation.

He is accused of violation of the constitution and gross misconduct.

The Speaker of the Pakistani Senate, Muhammad Mian Sumroo, automatically took over as caretaker president.

The key issue now is whether the ruling coalition, which had pushed for Mr Musharraf's exit since winning the February election, can stay united and deliver on its promises, he says.

It will have to agree on a new president, then persuade allies like the US and UK, and its neighbours like India and Afghanistan, that it will be committed to defeating militancy and terrorism, our correspondent adds.

International reaction to Mr Musharraf's resignation was mixed, with the US hailing him as strong ally against terrorism but Afghanistan welcoming his departure as a boost to democracy.

Wild Thing's comment........

I am worried about our troops. I think this will make it worse for them and give a go ahead even more to the enemy. The world has gotten very volatile. At some point in the (near) future, Pakistan will become an islamic fundamentalist state, and radical islam will have its nukes.

This ia all another good reason why reason for NObama.

Posted by Wild Thing at August 18, 2008 06:55 PM


WT, I agree with your comments about Pakistan becoming an Islamic fundamentalist state with the radicals having it's nukes. They will be supported by Russia as they do with Iran. This is much bigger than NObama as a Democrat controlled Congress with Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid in charge would play politics and fight, kick, stonewall, and filibuster any meaningful effort by a President McCain to fight the global war on Islamic terrorism.

We are in for some very rough times these next few years.

Pakistan Special Weapons Facilities

Posted by: Les at August 18, 2008 07:56 PM

It's really sad that so many don't see the evil in his eyes and that Pakistan is going to be much worse than it already is without him. But I guess, as my father used to say, "Be careful what you wish just might get it." So many want the government to run every aspect of their lives that they are willing to just lie down and play dead and let the terrorists win. I find this appalling and disgusting. How can you, in your right mind, just roll over and play dead? Not me. We are now one step closer to becoming Islamic Socialists. Is this what we want for our children and our children's children? Think before you speak.

Posted by: Lynn at August 18, 2008 08:08 PM

I see it the same way, we can't rely on Europe, the UN or our own Congress. Their attitude is to isolate the US and/or let the UN handle all disputes. Very few have had to face the reality of the savagery perpetuated by Islamist and Communists in their quest to conquer the rest of the world. The twin Towers is a long forgotten memory and it's just short of eight years past. Many of my friends who worked in Saudi Arabia told of the nightly torture of civilians just outside the walls of their compound, the weekly executions and the strict terror they apply everyday. Until it happens here, to them, they'll refuse to believe it ever happens. Here is a graphic example of what is happening on and just South of our own border by 'Christians' who have free access across an open border. Wake up!!!

Posted by: Jack at August 18, 2008 10:50 PM

I don't know what Musharraf's resignation will mean for Pakistan or America. It could be very bad or not. Depends a lot on the Pakistani military leaders. We will see.

One thing is that whatever road(s) Pakistan goes down, our US Congress will probably be a problem with however we need to deal with it. If Obama is elected, the islamists in Pakistan will celebrate.

India has the most at stake immediately. A major confrontation between India and Pakistan could be catastrophic.

Posted by: TomR at August 19, 2008 09:41 AM