We will do it our way: Pervez Musharraf

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Islamabad, Nov 29: Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf today said the country will adopt a system of governance, according to its own particular environment and not according to the dictates from abroad.

Addressing a gathering soon after taking oath as President for another five-year term, the President urged the West to understand the particular environment of Pakistan and its society and not to impose its form of democracy.

''There is an unrealistic, unpracticable obsession with your form of democracy, human rights and civil liberties,'' President Musharraf said in his first speech as a civilian head of state, the Associated Press of Pakistan reported today.

The President, who took oath of office a day after relinquishing the post of Army Chief, said the form of governance the West has adopted took centuries to acquire, and they expect Pakistan to adopt it in a matter of months and years.

''This is not possible. We want democracy, human rights, civil liberties, but we will do it our way, as we understand our society, our environment better than anyone in the West,'' he stated.

''We will do it and we will reach the objective but we request you to bear with us, help us change direction... We will gradually keep shifting course, help us do that,'' he added.

General (retd) Musharraf felt a change cannot be suddenly imposed and the society needs to be transformed gradually otherwise he warned it could lead to disruption, chaos, confusion and breakdown.

Dismissing pressure from the West, the President said, ''One can"t sacrifice the stability and development of the nation for the sake of your views on democracy, civil liberties and human rights.''


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