ISLAMABAD: President Pervez Musharraf on Monday asked world to understand ground realities leading to imposition of the state of emergency in Pakistan. He was briefing foreign diplomats based in Islamabad about the current situation in the country. The President said the decision of declaring emergency was taken to stabilize the situation in the country.
He informed the diplomats that the superior judiciary had paralyzed various organs of the state and created impediments in the fight against terrorism which led to imposition of emergency.The President said Pakistan was facing challenges because of certain decisions of the superior judiciary creating a state of disfunctioning of vital pillars of the state and this situation was not acceptable.
He assured the diplomats that since 1999 efforts were being made in a phased manner to move towards complete democracy. He mentioned the first phase from 1999 to 2002 where he was in full control of the government affairs. It was followed by the second phase from 2002-07 where an elected parliament was functioning along with provincial assemblies and local governments and his role was confined to advise to the government on various issues of national importance.
President Pervez Musharraf reaffirmed his commitment towards complete transition to democracy, saying that elections would be held. He said a number of decisions and deliberations have to be taken very soon in view of new legal situation.
He also mentioned the role of media that in some cases seemed to be helping the cause of extremists and terrorists by showing the gory scenes of suicide bombings that encouraged these elements to carry on with their heinous acts. The President said difficult decisions had to be taken in the national interest for ensuring effective governance, maintaining the writ o the government, law and order, security in the country and averting decline in economic growth.
He said the new measures would ensure that there was harmonious functioning between main pillars of the state and the armed forces of the country.-SANA