[JURIST] A bill allowing Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf to continue in his dual role as head of the army has been signed into law and will take effect at the end of the year. Musharraf had promised opposition parties that he would step down as army chief, but he has since said that changed circumstances required continuity and security. The bill was signed by acting President Mohammed Mian Soomro, as Musharraf is currently visiting South America. Opposition parties have been protesting the move. JURISTs Paper Chase has background on the new law. The Pakistan Times has local coverage. BBC News has more.