Holding free, fair polls is the first priority of interim govt: Musharraf

November 30th, 2007 - 10:30 pm ICT by admin  

Islamabad, Nov 30 (ANI): Urging the caretaker federal cabinet of Pakistan to show neutrality in their day-to-day affairs, President Pervez Musharraf today said the first and foremost priority of the interim set up was to hold free, fair and transparent elections.

“Your neutrality will be of critical value and you must make every effort to demonstrate it through your actions,” Musharraf said in his address to the caretaker cabinet led by Prime Minister Mian Mohammad Soomro at his Camp Office.

A day after he took oath as a civilian President, asked the caretaker government to ensure sustainability of economic upsurge and maintenance of law and order situation in the country.

The caretaker administration must maintain law and order, particularly in the provinces, by ensuring that nothing disrupts the electoral process, The News quoted him, as saying.

Musharraf stressed that the gains of the past eight years need to be consolidated through continuity of policies and actions, saying that Pakistan must keep moving on the development track.

Asserting that peace and security were vital in an environment where Pakistan was combating an upsurge in terrorism, he said all situations of conflict must be avoided.

Pointing out that he was a firm believer in freedom of media, the retired general said that it was free to criticize the policies and actions of the government, including himself. However, he urged it to avoid misreporting, sensationalism and defamation that were not acceptable in any free and civilized society. (ANI)

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