ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz has said that PML and its coalition partners would support President General Pervez Musharraf whole heartedly in the upcoming presidential election, adding that Musharraf’s re-election is critical for Pakistan’s future progress and prosperity. He was talking to the President of PML(Q) Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain, Minister for Information and Broadcasting Muhammad Ali Durrani, Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting, Tariq Azeem and Chief Whip National Assembly Nasrullah Darashak, who called on him at the Prime Minister’s House.
Prime Minister said the country needs national and political reconciliation and as such we are engaged in the process of dialogue with different political parties to create an atmosphere of harmony. The objective in pursuing this policy is precisely in the national interest, he added. He said PML would actively participate in the next general elections and its manifesto is based on its performance in office over the last five years. “Continuity and consistency of leadership and policies would ensure that Pakistan’s continue on the path of progress and prosperity.” He said.
He maintained that the government is committed for holding of free and fair election under the election commission and welcomed the local and foreign observers for monitoring of the process. “Credible election process is essential for the strengthening of democracy,” he stated. The meeting deliberated on the forthcoming parliament session and legislation that may be tabled during the session. The PML and its allies’ strategy for the upcoming Presidential and General elections were also come under discussion. While reviewing the development projects in the country under Khushhal Pakistan programme it was agreed that provision of basic necessities have improved the living standard of people and decreased the poverty. Special Assistant to the Prime Minister Commander Khalil-ur-Rehman also attended the meeting.-SANA