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Musharraf to make rare media appearance

Gen. Musharraf
Gen. Musharraf  


By Talat Hussain
Special to CNN

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (CNN) -- Pakistan chief executive Gen. Pervez Musharraf planned to make a rare appearance Friday on government-controlled electronic media.

It was not clear why Musharraf decided to appear on the television program 'Face The Nation' where he will be taking questions from a panel of experts from different fields in a live telecast.

Political observers, however, said they believe the general selected the timing in an attempt to ease the frustrations of Pakistanis who feel they have no input in policy making.

Observers also think Musharraf will use Friday's media appearance to explain his meeting with Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, expected to take place in India in early July.

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On the political front, the Musharraf regime has yet to announce a specific road map for the restoration of democracy, suspended since the October 1999 military takeover that brought the general to power.

Musharraf has repeatedly talked about introducing genuine democracy in the country, but has not laid out the path to that end. It is also unknown what role he has in mind for himself once democracy is fully restored.

In the last few days, he has reached out to Pakistan's leading politicians, including the head of the Alliance for Restoration of Democracy, the main opposition front against his rule campaigning for immediate revival of the democratic system.





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