Musharraf says no to emergency declaration

Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf has no plans for an emergency declaration and says elections will be held this year as planned.

Musharraf says no to emergency declaration
Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf has no plans for an emergency declaration and says elections will be held this year as planned.

Musharraf made his remarks to a group of editors in the capital, The New York Times reported Thursday.

The Times reported Musharrf, who also is the military chief, rejected imposing emergency rule and that he expects to be re-elected by Parliament.

"He made it clear that according to the Constitution, his election is due before the term of the current Parliament finishes," one of the editors was quoted as saying on television. Musharraf is under pressure to give up his army post before contesting the elections.

Musharraf also must confront continuing countrywide protests against his military rule and the suspension of Supreme Court Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry.

UPI

Güncelleme Tarihi: 19 Temmuz 2007, 11:48
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