Bhutto in the on-deck circle?

The way is now clear for Musharraf to take off his military uniform and rule as president along with possibly Benazir Bhutto.

clipped from www.nytimes.com

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Sept. 28 — The Supreme Court cleared the way Friday for Pakistan’s president, Gen. Pervez Musharraf, to run for re-election while still in uniform. The ruling removes the last major obstacle for the president before the Oct. 6 vote, which he is expected to win.

The Supreme Court had shown a newfound independence after its chief justice, Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, fended off an attempt by General Musharraf to dismiss him earlier this year.

But Chief Justice Chaudhry did not preside over the two cases decided Friday, removing himself in order to ensure the impartiality of the court, and, according to opposition lawyers, to avoid another direct confrontation with General Musharraf.

Lawyers and politicians say that despite the change of mood in the country and in the judiciary after the chief justice was reinstated in July, most of the 13 Supreme Court judges, who were all appointed during General Musharraf’s tenure, are still pro-government.

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