Musharraf ‘disagrees’ with Rice on emergency issue

November 14th, 2007 - 2:21 pm ICT by admin  

Islamabad, Nov 14 (ANI): Defending his decision to impose emergency in Pakistan, President General Pervez Musharraf has said that emergency was declared to ensure elections go in an “undisturbed manner.”
He categorically rejected an appeal by US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to lift the emergency rule, saying, “I totally disagree with her.” He added that Pakistan was suffering from a “disturbed terrorist environment.”
Musharraf told the New York Times in an interview here that the decree was justified as the Supreme Court had questioned the validity of his re-election, and because of the seriousness of threats from terrorists.
Commenting on the popular view about the emergency rule, Musharraf said, “People’s view is why have I done it so late… Ninety percent of human rights activists may have never cast their votes. They sleep on the day of elections.”
On being asked when would he shed his uniform, Musharraf refused to give an exact date and said: “It will happen soon.” (ANI)

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