ISLAMABAD: President Pervez Musharraf expressed the hope that new government would complete its tenure but cautioned at the same time that any sort of conflict between democratic institutions would harm democracy. He was addressing a farewell dinner in honour of the caretaker Prime Minister Muhammadmian Soomro and outgoing caretaker cabinet here at the Aiwan-e-Sadr. The Chief Justice, Governors and Chief Ministers, the Services Chiefs and federal secretaries also attended the dinner.
President Pervez Musharraf said the new government can meet the challenges of terrorism energy crisis and rising fuel and food prices through good governance. He expressed the confidence that the new government will consider Pakistan always first and face the challenges and take the country forward on the path of socio- economic development. The President extended felicitation to the newly elected Speaker, Deputy Speaker and members of the National Assembly. He said all commitments including holding of fair election had been fulfilled and third stage of democratic transition was nearing completion.
He said the current energy shortage is the fall out of rapid industrialization and the growth in the energy sector must match the growth in the national economy. He, however, pointed out that the maintenance of law and order is an important pre- requisite to achieve this balance.
The President lauded the role of caretaker government for successfully fulfilling the constitutional obligations in a befitting manner. He expressed his gratitude to the caretaker government, the Election Commission and all those related for holding free, fair and transparent elections in a peaceful manner.
In his address Prime Minister Muhammadmian Soomro expressed satisfaction on accomplishing the task assigned to the caretaker government. He said the electoral process was acknowledged globally and high standards were introduced to bring impartiality and fairness to the process. He thanked the President for his confidence and trust in the caretaker government. He also expressed his gratitude to the nation, the Election Commission and Pakistan Army for ensuring elections in a free and peaceful atmosphere.-SANA