Now that Pervez Musharraf is out of office, and no longer doing the sterling work of advancing democracy for which he is known, one wonders: what's next for the Pakistani strongman? Well, via Attackerman, the New Mexico Independent is reporting today that soon, quite soon, Musharraf might be alive and well and living it up in New Mexico, along with many other fine citizens knit up in various witness protection programs.
According to Shuja Nawaz, a former Pakistani journalist and International Development Agency official, that's precisely the plan.
"He's likely... to leave the country and that a possible immediate destination may be Dubai, and then eventually may be New Mexico in the United States," Nawaz told Margret Warner of PBS' Newshour, also on Monday." But this is unconfirmed," he added.
Warner immediately interjected "New Mexico?" somewhat incredulously, but quickly moved on to other subjects surrounding Musharraf's exit.
One imagines that Musharraf might purchase some sort of brush-choked ranch dwelling, similar to that of his last friend in the entire world, George W. Bush.
The NMIndy also reports that current Governor Bill Richardson "isn't aware" of any extant plan to bring Musharraf to New Mexico, but he'll likely get the news the same way everyone else does: after Musharraf seizes the town of Truth Or Consequences in a violent military coup.
Diplomats: Bush was Musharraf's 'last holdout' in Washington. [ThinkProgress]