Musharraf proud of ‘fulfilling’ his promises, assures free and fair election

December 15th, 2007 - 11:07 pm ICT by admin  

Islamabad, Dec 15 (ANI): After revoking emergency in the country, Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf on Saturday said that he feels proud over his fulfilling of all the promises that he had made to the people of his country regarding the restoration of ‘true’ democracy.
In a televised address to the nation, Musharraf said, ” I am proud that I have been able to fulfil all the promises made to you.”
He said that the terrorism and insurgency, which plagued the North West Frontier Province (NWFP), has been wiped out with the efforts of Pakistan army and the support from the common people there. He also promised to soon announce a relief package for the people of the province affected by the insurgents.
He reiterated the justification of imposing the emergency on November 3, saying that he was compelled to take the decision because of the sinister conspiracy to destabilise Pakistan.
“I risked my personal reputation and myself, and took the decision (of imposing emergency in the country) only for the benefit of Pakistan,” he said, adding, “Pakistan first”.
He said that on hindsight he realizes that all the decisions taken by him came out to be correct.
“I feel elated over it,” he added.
Assuring that the January 8 general elections would be completely free and fair, the President said that it would pave the way for the final phase of the restoration of democracy in the country, as envisaged in his three-step plan.
However, he urged political leaders to avoid ‘agitational politics’ and keep themselves away from hurling ‘baseless allegations’.
“‘Agitational politics will not be allowed,” he said adding, “It is very unfortunate to find that few opposition leaders have already started claiming of poll rigging when even the campaigning for the elections has not started in true sense.”
Musharraf said that he remains committed to the freedom of media, and stands for it, but also added that the code of conduct for the media imposed during the emergency was to make them ‘responsible’.
Earlier in the day, Musharraf issued a presidential order to lift the emergency and restore the Constitution.
The fundamental rights of people have been restored with the lifting of emergency, which was declared on November 3.
The emergency remained in the country for 42 days. The 1973 Constitution has been restored with some amendments. (ANI)

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