For a man who could easily depose the democratically-elected Nawaz Sharif government without a bullet being fired, the task of becoming president, in comparison, was far simpler. All he had to do was to introduce three amendments to the original provisional constitutional order (pco, through which he became chief executive in October 1999) dissolving the national and provincial assemblies, removing President Rafiq Tarar from his post and dismissing the chairman and deputy chairman of the senate as well as the speaker and deputy speaker of the National Assembly and provincial assemblies.
In the evening, Musharraf was sworn in as Pakistan's new president, thus adding another hat to the three he already wore—of the chief executive, the chief of army staff and the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff committee. Says a Pakistan Muslim League (Sharif group) leader acerbically, "What's he waiting for? Musharraf should now take over the Supreme Court and appoint his corps commanders to the high courts in the provinces."