Pakistan's top court clears Musharraf's path to rule as civilian president

A Pakistani Supreme Court stacked with judges loyal to President Gen. Pervez Musharraf cleared the way for him to rule as a civilian president, ruling Thursday against a final challenge blocking ratification of his election last month. The decision, which was widely expected, means that Pakistan's Election Commission can put a stamp of approval on the vote. Musharraf has said he would then step down as army chief and take the oath as president.