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Born at the Crest of the Empire

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Musharraf's crumbling state

The Pakistani "Supreme Court" ruled that Musharraf cannot stand for election unless he gives up his military post. Musharraf ignores that ruling, saying he'll give up the military post after he gets reelected.

Al Qaeda releases a double punch of videos. One in which Zawahiri calls on followers to attack the Pakistani military to avenge the killings in the siege of the "Red Mosque."
"Let the Pakistani army know that the killing of Abdul Rashid Ghazi and his students and the demolition of his mosque and two madrasas have soaked the history of the Pakistani army in shame ... which can only be washed away by retaliation against the killers of Abdul Rashid Ghazi and his students."

And a second video reportedly coming from Bin Laden,
Osama bin Laden will release a new message soon declaring war on Pakistani President Gen. Pervez Musharraf, al-Qaida announced Thursday.

Last, the US has been trying to save Musharraf by encouraging a "powersharing" between Musharraf and Bhutto. Here's the status. In a WaPo editorial, Bhutto maintains that Musharraf must give up his uniform before the election. She says she will return to Pakistan on October 18.

Musharraf has now scheduled elections on Oct. 6.


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