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What Pakistani Politicians say about resignation

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PM congratulates coalition partners on Musharraf’s resignation
Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani has congratulated the participants on resignation of President Pervez Musharraf and said that 17th amendment in the Constitution would be undone as per commitment of the coalition partners to ensure supremacy of the parliament. He stated in the joint parliamentary party meeting of the ruling coalition was held at the parliament house in Islamabad on Monday.It was chaired by Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani. The participants hailed President’s resignation and spoke in favour of abolition of the 17th amendment and article 58(2)/B of the constitution. Some of the participants were of the view that resignation of the President was not enough and he should be tried under the law.

Zardari terms Musharraf’s resignation as masses’ victory
PPP co-chairman, Asif Ali Zardari has described resignation of the President as victory of the people. In a statement here Monday, he said this would strengthen the democracy and the country.

Imran hails Musharraf’s resignation
Chairman Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, (PTI) Imran Khan on Monday hailed the resignation of President Pervez Musharraf, describing it as favour of national interest. In his comments about Musharraf’s resignation, he said after this move, the coalition government should not further delay the reinstatement of the deposed judges. Imran Khan said the speech of Pervez Musharraf was not based on facts, adding that he tried to misguide the people. “Everyone knows what he has done to this nation during his nine-year tenure,” he remarked. Imran reiterated his party’s demand for restoring the deposed judges including deposed Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry immediately.

Democracy succeeds after long struggle: Sherry
Minister for Information and Broadcasting Sherry Rehman while commenting on the resignation by President Pervez Musharraf, said it is victory of the democratic forces after a long struggle. She said it was not easy and the government has reached the stage to initiate the process of impeachment against the President. She said with the resignation of the President, the chapter of dictatorship has been closed. The Minister said all the credit to end the dictatorship goes to Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto who sacrificed her life for the sake of democracy. Replying a question regarding the reinstatement of deposed judges, the Minister said the matter will be decided in consultation with the coalition partners.

President proved his slogan correct: Dr. Sattar
The Central leader of Muttahida Qaumi Movement, MQM Dr. Farooq Sattar said Monday President Pervez Musharraf had proved his slogan “Pakistan First” right with his resignation. Talking to private TV channel after president’s resignation, he said President Musharraf played his part to overcome the political instability prevailing in the country. “President Musharraf always gave importance and priority to the country’s interests”, he added. Dr. Sattar further said, “President Musharraf has responded to the charges of ruling coalition with dignity.” The process of national reconciliation initiated by the president should be continued, added Sattar. He said that the responsibility to get the reconciliation process going lies on the shoulders of present leadership during such critical phase.

Musharraf had no option except resignation: Qazi
Jamaat-e- Islami Amir Qazi Hussain Ahmad said on Monday that the out-going President Pervez Musharraf had no option left except to resign in the prevailing circumstances. Talking to media, he said that the outgoing President will try to have political exile in some country, adding that it was the responsibility of the government to hold him accountable for violating the constitution. “He should face trial as per aspirations of the people,” he added.

CM Sindh terms Musharraf’s resignation as people’s victory
Sindh Chief Minister, Syed Qaim Ali Shah Monday described the tendering of resignation by the President Pervez Musharraf as the victory of the people. Addressing the party workers here outside Bilawal House after the stepping down of the president, he said Pervez Musharraf is not the first person to tender resignation. “Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto also made the general Yahya Khan to resign and now Co-chairman Pakistan People’s Party Asif Ali Zardari along with the coalition partners completed the mission of Ms Benazir Bhutto,” he said. The Chief Minister said the government will resolve the issue of unemployment in collaboration with the democratic forces. The PPP workers on the occasion danced to the PPP songs and distributed sweets.

Musharraf’s resignation to ensure Parliament supremacy: Naek
The Law Minister, Farooq H Naek said that the resignation of President Musharraf would ensure the supremacy of the parliament and rule of law and democracy in the country. He said it is the materialization of the sacrifices of PPP leader Benazir Bhutto and others who struggled for democracy. About restoration of judiciary, Law Minister said the coalition parties would decide the modalities about the reinstatement of the deposed judges. He made it clear that PPP has never opposed the restoration of judges.

Musharraf’s resignation result of PPP’s struggle: Qureshi
Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi termed the resignation of embattled President Pervez Musharraf a result of the continuous struggle by slain PPP leader Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto and party workers. In a statement issued here on Monday, he noted that the stepping down of Musharraf would pave the way for a stronger parliament and country. “Today was a historic day for the PPP,” Qureshi said.

Hoti terms President’s resignation as democracy victory
NWFP Chief Minister, Amir Haidar Khan Hoti has termed the resignation of President a success of the democracy and has expressed the hope that this historic decision would leave a far reaching impact on the development and security of the country. In a statement issued by the CM’s secretariat on Monday, the Chief Minister while calling it a historic day has said that the decision would pave way for supremacy of constitution and parliament. He said that people had given a clear mandate to the democratic forces in the February 18 general elections that included removal of the President adding that the elected political forces have lived up to the people’s expectation by forcing the President’s exit from his office. Hoti expressed the hope that with the resignation of the President the politics of vested interests would end in the country and divert the attention of the government towards real issues faced by the masses. He assured the people that government would fulfill all its promises and restore peace so as to put the country back on the developmental path.

President’s resignation not an end: Asfandyar
Awami National Party’s (ANP) President Asfandyar Wali Khan on Monday said that had President Musharraf resigned on Feb. 19 after the election results, the people would have appreciated him. Talking to a private television channel the ANP President said that resignation of the president is not solution of the problems the country was facing. “It is not winning the war rather it will be winning the battle”, he said adding the real war would continue against issues of price hike, law and order, unemployment etc. When asked to comment on reports of his possible candidature for the post of future president the ANP leader said, these are just rumours.

Kaira terms Musharraf’s resignation as democracy victory
Punjab Minister for Finance, Planning and Development Tanvir Ashraf Kaira has said that the resignation of Pervez Musharraf is the voice of the whole nation and is a huge victory for democracy. In a statement issued here on Monday the minister said that this is a momentous day in the democratic and political history of Pakistan which would be celebrated all over the country. He said that Musharraf’s resignation marks the end of a dark era, and from now onwards no dictator would dare to use unconstitutional means to sabotage the democracy. “The resignation is the defeat of dictatorship,” he added.

Sadiqul Farooq, a spokesman for the Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N), headed by Nawaz Sharif, a former prime minister, whom Musharraf ousted in a 1999 coup, said legal guarantees were out of the question. Sharif’s party is the second largest in the coalition, and has said Musharraf should be tried for treason – which carries a maximum punishment of death. There was speculation that Musharraf might go into exile, but close aides to Musharraf said he had no plans to go into exile – as several of Pakistan’s former leaders have done.

Aitzaz asks people, legal community to rejoice over Musharraf ouster
President Supreme Court Bar Association, Aitzaz Ahsan Monday said that lawyers bravely been struggling the cause of the judiciary and suffered a lot. Now when President Pervez Musharraf has resigned they along with the nation should rejoice and celebrate the change, the SCBA leader told a private television channel. He advised the legal fraternity to pull down black flags from the offices of Bar Associations countrywide and start rejoicing and commemorate it a day of deliverance.

Musharraf should stay in the country and face the legal course to prove him self innocent because he has claimed that all the charges leveled against him were unfounded, he said. The SCBA president said an example should be set to eliminate the practice of adventurism in politics and for this purpose President Musharraf should not be given a safe passage. He hoped the leadership of coalition parties would adhere to its commitments with the nation and the deposed judges would be restored without delay.

Raza Rabbani, a leading member of the Pakistan People’s party, said: “This is the first time in Pakistan’s political history where you have the people winning against establishment institutions.”

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