Musharraf to Quit as Army Chief

It is said in Urdu “Naun sau chuhai kha kai billi haj ko chali” and it fits on our great dictator as he has announced to quit as army chief this week and will take oath as “civilian president”.

Below is the news from banned Pakistani Channel GEO TV’s website:

RAWALPINDI: President General Musharraf, who is quitting the Army Chief office tomorrow, Tuesday paid farewell visits as Army Chief to the headquarters of the armed forces. 

His first stop Tuesday was at the Joint Staffs headquarters, where Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee Gen. Tariq Majyd received him. He also takes the salute at a farewell parade

He discussed professional and matters of mutual interest with the Chairman JCSC. 

He was also presented souvenir of the Joint Staffs headquarters.

Musharraf later paid a farewell visit to the Naval Headquarters. He met Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Muhammad Afzal Tahir and the Principal Staff Officers at the Naval Headquarters. 

Gen. Musharraf paid a farewell visit to the Air Headquarters. He was presented a guard of honour. He met Chief of the Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Tanvir Mahmood Ahmed and other senior officers at the Air Headquarters. 

Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee Gen. Tariq Majyd will host a dinner tonight in the honour of President Gen. Pervez Musharraf.

Musharraf will chair a corps commanders’ conference on Wednesday at GHQ before handing over the COAS charge to Gen. Ashfaq Pervez Kayani. Gen. Kayani was appointed as VCOAS last month and promoted to the rank of four-star general.

Gen. Musharraf took command of the Pakistan Army on October 7, 1998 after resignation of the then COAS General Jehangir Karamat.

He will take oath as civilian president on Thursday.