He may be out of his uniform, but he is going to probe at the faultlines between the coalition partners. Watch for another round of political bloodletting in Pakistan. Shekhar Gupta in the Indian Express:
One of the most remarkable reactions to the Pakistani election result came, predictably, from Pervez Musharraf. All parties, he said, should accept defeat gracefully. You would have thought, for a moment, that it was a misquote, or that some TV headline writer had perhaps abbreviated much too brutally what was perhaps a more nuanced statement. But it seems that it wasn’t so. In any case, it was in keeping with the general’s way of thinking: since nobody had won a victory, everybody had lost, and so he had to again shoulder that onerous responsibility of putting a government together, of keeping his restless country on an even keel. Maybe, subsequently, the coming together (at least for now) of Nawaz Sharif and Asif Ali Zardari, in spite of the inspired leaks on the latter’s Swiss bank funds, dampened the general’s enthusiasm a bit. But he knows better than anybody else that this split verdict has given him a wonderful opportunity to play the third umpire and more, once again.