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Musharraf makes more spoof headlines than Bush!

Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf has become a permanent fixture at one of the largest and funniest spoof news websites.

world Updated: Nov 27, 2007 12:25 IST

Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf seems to have engineered another bloodless coup, overthrowing his US counterpart George W Bush to become a permanent fixture at one of the largest and funniest spoof news websites.

The latest event in Pakistan's unending political drama to be sent up at the website is the country's suspension from the Commonwealth last week, which Islamabad had described as an "unjustified and unreasonable" decision.

"What is the matter with these Commonwealth guys, why can they not trust me when I say maybe I will take off my uniform in a few days; I might remove the emergency after the elections, within a few days I intend to free the judges, lawyers, human rights activists, that I am the only true democrat in all of Pakistan," said one satirical post at thespoof.Com.

Another spoof news report read, "the army general-turned-president-turned-chief-of-staff-turned- president and soon to become civilian Musharraf, once again sought legitimacy for his emergency."

The President's one-time bete noir, former premier Benazir Bhutto, comes a close second when it comes to making spoof headlines.

The latest spoof news report on Bhutto announces that the Hermes fashion house, whose scarves Bhutto often flaunts, has signed a "multi-million dollar contract with wannabe third-time Prime Minister of Pakistan Benazir Bhutto".

"In this new role, Ms Bhutto -- in a tribute to her home province -- will put out her own line of 'skincare for my wrinkled Sindhi sisters'," the report said.

As for Bhutto, the news report said she was "ecstatic with this deal that had been engineered by the White House and No 10 Downing St".

Just like Bush's widely reported one-liners or "Bushisms", Musharraf too has many "Mushisms" floating on several websites.

Here is a list posted by a senior Pakistani journalist: "Extremism bahut extreme ho gaya hai" (extremism has become too extreme); "Hum se koi darta hi nahin" (nobody is scared of us anymore) and "Hakumat ke andar hakumat bana rakhi hai" (there is a government within the government)."

The Spoof also put out a satirical news-item on the much-awaited TV show "Pakistan Idol". "General Pervez Musharraf appeared on prime-time TV yesterday and admitted that he had fired the entire 'Pakistani Idol' panel of judges. Insisting that a "rigged vote threatens national security", Musharraf maintained that he had no option but to declare a musical emergency; otherwise 'extremists and bad people' would have taken over.

"A new panel of tone-deaf judges will declare him the winner in three months after which the emergency will be lifted," the report said.

First Published: Nov 27, 2007 12:20 IST