Musharraf May Quit Army Post by Saturday

Emergency rule eases; cricket star among thousands released
By Sam Gale Rosen,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 21, 2007 9:28 PM CST
A Pakistani journalist holds chains during a protest against the country's military ruler President Gen. Pervez Musharraf who has imposed emergency rule and restrictions upon the media, Wednesday, Nov....   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Pervez Musharraf may quit his army post as soon as Saturday, the AP reports, and be immediately sworn in for his next five-year presidential term. The Supreme Court will likely declare tomorrow that Musharraf can continue to rule, and the Election Commission can then confirm his electoral victory from October. "I know the president, and he will honor his commitment," says the AG.

The government today continued to release thousands of opposition prisoners, and said many more were to be released, further signaling the easing of emergency rule. Among those released today was Imran Khan, the cricketer-turned-opposition leader, the BBC reports. Khan had begun a hunger strike on Monday to protest his imprisonment.