Imran Khan Calls on Pres. Musharraf
March 28, 2002.
The President General Pervez Musharraf has said that the government
will ensure free, fair and transparent elections in October 2002 to the
national and provincial assemblies in order for the democratic process to
take firm roots in the country. He was talking to a 20-member delegation of
Pakistani Tehrik-e-Insaf led by Mr. Imran Khan, which called on him here
General Pervez Musharraf stated that he was of the firm belief
that democracy, and in democracy alone, lay the best interest of the country
and people of Pakistan. He reiterated that steps would be taken to ensure
that in the future the democratic process is not derailed. He said that not
only the Pakistani nation, but the entire world is also looking beyond
October 2002 and keen for the continuity of the reforms and restructuring
process that has been put in place. He emphasized that sustainability of
these processes is essential for reviving the economy of the country,
attracting investments and raising the stature of Pakistan in the comity of
The President reiterated the need for a stable political
environment in the country, which can only be brought about with adequate
checks and balances among all power centers. He said this issue was being
examined and addressed by the National Reconstruction Bureau as part of the
government’s political restructuring programme.
The leader of Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf Mr. Imran Khan said
ideologically his party supported a number of steps taken by the Government
in national interests as these were some of the issues, which they also
stood for. He supported the devolution of power plan and accountability
process saying continuity of policies was essential in the long-term
interests of the country.
He stated that the various options for ensuring the continuity
of the government’s agenda would be taken up for further discussion and
deliberations for a final decision by the party.
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