Pakistan is my love, Musharraf says before resigning (To go with Musharraf resigns after nine years in power)

August 18th, 2008 - 5:12 pm ICT by IANS  

A file-photo of Pervez Musharraf

Islamabad, Aug 18 (IANS) The penchant for grandstanding and the famous one-liners did not desert Pervez Musharraf even at the time of his worst political crisis. “Pakistan is my love” was his parting line before he resigned from the Pakistani President’s post Monday after being in power for almost nine years. “I have always been in love with Pakistan and I am still in love with Pakistan,” Musharraf said in the televised address that brought an end to the era in Pakistani politics that started in October 1999 when he toppled the Nawaz Sharif government in a bloodless coup to take charge of running the country.

Facing an imminent impeachment motion from the ruling coalition government in the Pakistan National Assembly seeking his removal, Musharraf opted to step down without the confrontation. “My attempt was always on creating an atmosphere of reconciliation. No victimization, no vendetta,” he said in the address that was broadcast live on several television channels.

Referring to the proposed impeachment motion, he added: “But a situation of confrontation instead of reconciliation was created.”

Musharraf admitted that though he had wanted to support and contribute positively in helping the civilian government run the country, his efforts came to naught because “they saw me as a problem, not the solution”.

He argued that though the parliament and the political parties had the right to bring an impeachment motion against him, he too, had the right to of contesting the motion. “No charge sheet can stand against me. No charge can be proved. I am confident about this because I never did anything for personal gain, I always did for the country. It was always ‘Pakistan first’,” Musharraf said.

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