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'Next round of battle for power in Pak will begin soon'

By Sheela Bhatt in New Delhi
August 18, 2008 16:15 IST
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This is just a semi-final. The real battle will begin soon, says M J Akbar, author of several books and editor of Covert, while commenting on the resignation of President Pervez Musharraf.

While talking to, he said, "Asif Zardari and Nawaz Sharif have killed the common enemy and now the battle between them will soon begin, but I can't give you the timeline of final outcome."

The exit of President Pervez Musharraf from active politics of South Asia has evoked excitement and reactions all over the region.

Hamid Mir, popular television journalist of GEO TV agreed with Akbar.

He said, "Pakistan does not have time to assess the exit of Pervez Musharraf. We do not have much time left now. As soon as possible, may be within three days, we will have to re-establish the judges, who were sacked by President Musharraf."

If former Chief Justice Chaudhary comes back to Supreme Court, Asif Zaradari of PPP may be in trouble. Justice Chaudhary and fellow judges may look into the terms and conditions of National Reconciliation Ordinance under which he got reprieve from allegations of corruption cases.

Akbar says, "Zardari succumbed to Musharraf. It was Nawaz Sharif, who put the firm deadline and forced the elected government to act against Musharraf. The next round for the power of Pakistan will begin soon."

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Sheela Bhatt in New Delhi