Archive for the ‘General’ Category

Musharraf’s deputy a reluctant linchpin

November 23, 2007

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan – As embattled President Pervez Musharraf and his political opponents grapple over the country’s future, an equally crucial role may be played by a less known figure — a blunt-talking, chain-smoking, golf-playing general who by all reports would like the army to get out of politics.

Gen. Ashfaq Kayani, 55, Musharraf’s designated No. 2 man in the military, is slotted to be the next army chief of Pakistan when Musharraf gives up his uniform, as he has promised to do. That would give him enormous influence in a country with a history of military rule and coups. A major question is just how loyal he and Pakistan’s other generals are to Musharraf during the current crisis.

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Pakistan opposition protests rule change

September 19, 2007

By SADAQAT JAN, Associated Press Writer

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan – An opposition party challenged a rule change favoring the re-election of President Gen. Pervez Musharraf in court Wednesday, while a top foreign envoy arrived to quiz the military leader on Pakistan‘s turbulent politics.

Commonwealth Secretary General Don McKinnon’s visit comes a day after officials said Musharraf would quit as army chief if lawmakers give him another five-year term in a vote due within weeks.
Courtesy Pakistani government: President General
Musharraf (left) meets with his Prime Minister.

The government hailed the announcement as a watershed for Pakistani democracy. But Musharraf’s political foes, who are pressing for faster reform, quickly rejected it as illegal.

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CIA Director on Terrorism

September 8, 2007

CIA Director Michael Hayden spoke before the Council on Foreign Relations in New York on Friday, September 7, 2007.  The full text of his remarks can be found at the link at the end of this article.  A few remarks that should be highlighted include:

“al-Qa’ida has protected or regenerated key elements of its homeland attack capability. That means safe haven in the tribal areas of Pakistan.”
[This confirms what our friend Muhammad has been telling us as he reports from the tribal areas of Pakistan.]

“Our analysts assess with high confidence that al Qaeda’s central leadership is planning high-impact plots against the American homeland.”

“Al Qaeda is focusing on targets that would produce mass casualties, dramatic destruction and significant economic aftershocks.”

Read the full text of general Hayden’s remarks:

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Pakistan: Terrorists Planning Global Attacks

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