Musharraf will quit army, take oath after withdrawing PCO: Pak minister

November 14th, 2007 - 10:29 am ICT by admin  

“He (Musharraf) will restore the 1973 Constitution before taking oath and doffing his uniform. This will happen after the court dismisses a stay order against the notification of his re-election and the Election Commission notifies the results of the October 6 presidential election,” Niazi said.

He avoided a comment on the Attorney General’s statement that the state of emergency would be lifted in a month, saying that the emergency rule would end and the Constitution would be restored after all matters were settled in the restive Swat Valley and the tribal areas.

Niazi said that he was hopeful that peace would return to the troubled areas soon.

He said that the government was considering holding the general elections on the same day, adding that the schedule for general elections would be announced after the Sindh Assembly completes its tenure on December 12.

Niazi said there was no need to extend the tenure of the National Assembly because under the PCO the assemblies could continue until the President dissolved them.

“It is an extra-constitutional situation. Though the term of the National Assembly expires on November 15, it may continue working beyond this date under Article 2(5) of the PCO,” the Daily Times quoted Niazi, as saying. (ANI)

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