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Musharraf Declares Himself Democrat

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I am not a supporter of President Pervez Musharraf, but he did a lot for putting the country on the path of democracy. In the instructions of the United States he has accepted all the corrupt politicians, but now no one has been accepting him. I think Musharraf is also the citizen of this country and has the right to enjoy all the rights as enjoyed by the people of the country. The parliament has elected him as president for five years. Let him complete his tenure.

But now the corrupt politicians instead of giving attention to maintaining law and order have been wasting time of the nation on one issue, the removal of President Musharraf. The country is at war with terrorism, but still the politicians have been keeping the people engaged in non-issue. The main issue of Pakistan is terrorism.

According to media report, President Pervez Musharraf has said he will not step down and would continue to play his constitutional role as president “to strengthen democracy in the country”, Dawn News reported on Wednesday.

 According to the channel, Musharraf told senior journalists and columnists at the presidential Camp Office in Rawalpindi however that there was a provision for impeaching the president in the constitution and the parliament had a right to make use of it.

He said he was a democrat and worked for democracy even when he was in uniform, and defended his November 3, 2007 proclamation of emergency rule. Citing unidentified sources, Dawn News said the president also refuted the allegations made by the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) that he was conspiring against democracy.

According to Geo News, Musharraf denied that he was responsible for the economic crisis and said that “the previous government” was responsible. He said his policies must be evaluated in the context of the circumstances at that time. The channel quoted its sources as saying that Musharraf’s meeting with the senior journalists was part of his efforts to “improve his image in the media”. However, presidential spokesman Rashid Qureshi denied any such meeting.

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Muhammad Khurshid, a resident of Bajaur Agency, tribal areas situated on Pak-Afghan border is journalist by profession. He contributes articles and news stories to various online and print newspapers. His subject matter is terrorism. He is also (more...)
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