Pakistan’s presidential election will take place on October 6, with Pervez Musharraf seeking a fresh mandate, despite significant opposition. The Supreme Court is hearing petitions challenging General Musharraf’s right to stand. He has said he will retire from the army if re-elected. But opponents are not satisfied, with some threatening to quit parliament in protest.
Qazi Hussein Ahmed heads the Islamic party, Jamaat e-Islami. He said that if Pervez Musharraf’s nomination papers are accepted, with or without his uniform, all members of the APDM opposition alliance are set to resign from national and provincial assemblies. From his attempts to sack the chief justice to his alliance with the US-led war on terrorism, the president has seen his popularity slump.
Bomb and suicide attacks followed the storming of the Red Mosque, heightening speculation that Pervez Musharraf may be losing his grip on power.