India ‘regrets’, hopes normalcy would return in Pakistan

November 14th, 2007 - 8:22 am ICT by admin  
“We trust that conditions of normalcy will soon return permitting Pakistan’s transition to stability and democracy to continue,” official spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs said.

As the news poured in about the imposition of martial law in Pakistan by President Pervez Musharraf, Indian External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

Meanwhile, the reactions from the Indian political parties have been strong and highly critical of Musharraf’s regime there.

Both opposition BJP and the Left Front condemned the decision.

The BJP urged the Government to condemn it in strongest possible words and urged it to talk to the international community to put pressure on Musharraf for the restoration of democracy there.

“Whatever little rudiments of democracy existed in Pakistan has been eliminated by this act,” BJP spokesperson Rajiv Pratap Rudy told reporters.

Describing it as a “pre-meditated blow” to the Pakistan’s Supreme Court’s impending judgement which could have termed Musharraf’s candidature in the controversial October 6 presidential polls as illegal, the Left parties said that it was a set back for the restoration of democracy there.

“The people of Pakistan will not support such an anti-democratic step,” CPI(M) General Secretary Prakash Karat said.

Meanwhile, the ruling Congress party remained soft in its criticism and said, “Pakistan is undergoing bad patches. It is a matter of concern. We wish present turbulence will settle down soon.”

“It should be a temporary phenomenon,” Congress leader Veerappa Moily said. (ANI)

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