Musharraf re-iterates his resolve to hold fair polls

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Islamabad, Sep 20: President General Parvez Musharraf, has re-emphasised his firm resolve to hold free, fair and transparent elections in the country.

Talking to Commonwealth Secretary General John McKinnon, who is on a three-day visit to assess political developments in Pakistan, the President said his focus was ensuring political stability in the country in the run-up to general elections.

Mr McKinnon said he was greatly reassured with the president's statement in the Supreme Court about his decision to relinquish the post of Army Chief, if re-elected for the next term.

Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz, meanwhile, welcomed the President's decision of taking oath as a civilian head of state if elected for the second term and said, ''it would help strengthen democracy in the country. The Prime Minister said for the first time the assemblies were completing their term and the PML and its allies had succeeded in providing political stability and economic independence to the country.

At this stage it was important to have continuity of development-oriented policies to take Pakistan forward, he said.

During the last five years, the business of parliament was conducted in a spirit of congeniality and conciliation in which both the government and the opposition played a critical role, he added.

Talking to senior PML leader Sardar Farooq Ahmed Khan Leghari and Federal Minister for IT and Telecom Awais Leghari at the PM House, he said the government of PML and its allied parties had allocated record funds for the development of backward areas of the country.

The Prime Minister said PML and its allies were gearing up for the elections and would participate in the forthcoming general elections based on their track record of good governance, transparency and rapid development.


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