Game Plan for Return of Musharraf
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Issue Net Edition | Date : 11 Jan , 2012

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There is a clear link between Musharraf’s announcements to fight elections in 2012 and lead his party, propping up of Imran Khan, and Pakistan Army and the ISI. In a pre-planned move Musharraf has been garnering international support to return as President of Pakistan. He intends to win the Pakistani elections with the support of Pakistan Army.

President_Musharraf_KiyaniThe crowds at Imran Khan rallies are organized by ISI and Pak Army. Imran Khan is possibly made to win next elections with the support of Pakistan Army and the ISI and become the Prime Minister of Pakistan.

This strategy is now unfolding in Pakistan shows that Musharraf, Kayani, Imran Khan and the Pakistan Army along with the jihadi factory forces are on the same page. Even the ‘Memogate Scandal’ by which Ambassador Haqqani was recalled from Washington clearly appears to be a plant by the ISI under the tutelage of General Kayani. The Pak Army Chief in view of lack of American support has managed to convince Beijing in his recent visit to support the Pakistan Army in its unfolding strategy.

A clear possibility exists of a ‘Soft Coup’, where President Zardari and Company resign and are forced to call for new elections, or the ‘Hard Coup’, where Pak Army physically takes over the country under Martial Law.

Pakistan Prime Minister Gilani’s government threat to arrest Musharraf on his arrival will not be permitted by the Pak Army.

The end game shortly will see in all likelihood a change of government, more to the liking of the Pak Army.

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Bharat Verma

A former Cavalry Officer and former Editor, Indian Defence Review (IDR), and author of the books, India Under Fire: Essays on National Security, Fault Lines and Indian Armed Forces.

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