Musharraf says he will not interfere in selecting Pak PM

February 17th, 2008 - 4:05 pm ICT by admin  

Pervez Musharraf

Islamabad, Feb 17 (ANI): Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf has said that he would not interfere in the process to select a prime minister if none of the parties secured a majority in the next Parliament.

Interacting with a team from the Centre for Media and Democracy that is in the country to monitor the polls, Musharraf said that if there is fractured verdict after the February 18 polls, political parties would have to themselves decide on a prime ministerial candidate through mutual consultations.

He was responding to a question from the observers on his role in the event of the polls throwing up a fractured verdict.

Musharraf responded that the choosing of a Prime Minister in such circumstances would be part of the Parliamentary process and the parties would have to decide on a Prime Minister through mutual consultations.

He also said the government had taken several steps to address concerns of rigging expressed by the political parties.

Observers from across the world were being given all assistance to monitor the polls to ensure that they are free and fair, Musharraf was quoted as saying by Geo New channel. (ANI)

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