Emergency to be lifted in three weeks, elections can be delayed: Shujaat

November 14th, 2007 - 8:37 am ICT by admin  
“I’m sure it will end in two to three weeks as President Pervez Musharraf is aware of the consequences of long emergency rule,” he said.

“Nobody is in favour of emergency. It was promulgated reluctantly by the Chief of the Army Staff,” Shujaat said, rejecting some politicians’ view that it was “virtual martial law”.

He said that the government has “solid evidence” that some people had plotted to destabilise the democratic system and tension had been created between the judicial, legislative and executive branches of government.

He said the emergency and the Provisional Constitution Order were instituted to ensure such intentions were foiled.

Shujaat told ARY TV that the current emergency would be the shortest in the country’s history, as it would be lifted within a few weeks. He said the judiciary is free if it functions without a personal vendetta.

Shujaat ruled out any possibility of a pre-poll arrangement with the Pakistan People’s Party.

“This could be considered after the general elections in which we will be rivals,” he added.

“But we are ready to meet Benazir Bhutto and her aides to discuss steps which may help improve the political climate and ensure transition to full democracy,” the Dawn quoted Shujaat, as saying.

Answering a question, he said the PML-Q was fully geared to contest elections on the basis of its government’s performance.

Asked about Monday’s rumours relating to Musharraf, Shujaat said the army was fully behind the General and therefore, there was no question of his ouster.

“This could be a wishful thinking of some people but I can assure you that Musharraf is not going anywhere,” he said.

He said that speculators had spread the rumours and as a result people lost Rs186 billion in the stock market.

He said political parties, members of the civil society and print and electronic media should join hands for restoration of full democracy in Pakistan as early as possible. (ANI)

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