Bush wants Musharraf to shed his uniform

November 14th, 2007 - 10:37 am ICT by admin  

Musharraf should doff his uniform since “the President (Bush) thinks you can’t be both President and the Chief of the Army”, White House Press Secretary, Dana Perino, said.

Bush also wants Musharraf to lift the state of emergency in Pakistan before the planned January elections so that there can be “free and fair” polls, she said.

Musharraf has refused to set a date for lifting of the Emergency, prompting Opposition leaders like Pakistan Muslim League (N), Jamaat-e-Islami and Tehreek-i-Insaaf to announce that they will boycott the election if it is held under the emergency rule.

“The situation is evolving and what the President would like to see is a lifting of the emergency and for the country to return to the Constitution, and for extra- constitutional measures to be halted,” she said.

Perino said the situation in Pakistan is “not easy to predict. What’s going to happen or what’s going to be said.”

“We continue to urge everyone to exercise restraint and non-violence as they work through this crisis,” The News quoted Perino, as saying. (ANI)

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