Elections in Pak on schedule, says Musharraf

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Islamabad, Oct 27 (UNI) Elections will not be delayed due to security concerns in the aftermath of the recent blasts in Pakistan, President Pervez Musharraf and Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz said.

The two discussed law and order, the general elections and the Supreme Court's hearing of the petitions on the legality of Gen Musharraf's re-election as President, among other matters, at a meeting held yesterday, the Nation quoted sources as saying.

They reaffirmed the government's commitment to upholding the law and order situation throughout the country, including Swat, where at least 30 people were killed in a powerful explosion on Thursday.

About the law and order situation in Swat, Gen Musharraf said, ''The security forces are taking action against miscreants on the request of provincial government and we would not allow promotion of Talibnisation. Miscreants should lay down their arms and respect the law.'' With regards to the ongoing hearing at the Supreme Court on petitions challenging his candidacy as President, he hoped that the court would give its verdict after thoroughly analysing the ground realities and the decision of Parliament. He added that he would accept any decision of court.


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