Bush to work with Pakistan
CRAWFORD US President George W. Bush will keep working with Pakistan on counter-terrorism and other issues after President Pervez Musharraf’s resignation, the White House said Monday. “President Bush is committed to a strong Pakistan that continues its efforts to strengthen democracy and fight terror,” US National Security Council spokesman Gordon Johndroe said in a statement.
Musharraf’s resignation end to a critical period: Miliband
London: Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf’s resignation ends a “critical period in Pakistan’s history,” British Foreign Secretary David Miliband said Monday. Miliband called on Pakistan’s political leaders to “come together” to ensure the new government stays on course with economic and security policy, and called for the “early” election of a successor to Musharraf. “The announcement… by President Musharraf that he is standing down as president brings to a close a critical period in Pakistan’s history and its relations with the UK and other countries,” he said in a statement. “Pakistan is a vital friend of the UK and it is essential… that it has a strong and democratic government with a clear mandate and programme for thoroughgoing reform of its social, political and economic structures.”
He praised the “significant dividends” of Musharraf’s time in office, including on the economic front, in fighting terrorism, tackling corruption and promoting dialogue with long-time foe India. “But reform depends above all on legitimacy, and that is why the UK has been at pains to stress the importance for Pakistan of strong institutions rather than strong individuals, and why we believe a strong democracy is key. “The responsibilities on political leaders in Pakistan are now significant. They need to come together to ensure that the recently elected government carries forward an economic and security agenda consistent with the long-term interests of the Pakistani people.” He added that Britain, the former colonial power in Pakistan, would remain “strongly committed” to the country, notably through aid but also through stronger security cooperation with the new government. “And we will be clear about the essential nature of a new partnership between Pakistan and Afghanistan,” said. “I look forward to the early election of a new president in Pakistan to take forward the important shared work that binds our two countries together,” he added.
Bangladesh wishes Pakistan well
DHAKA: Bangladesh wishes its beleaguered neighbour Pakistan well after its president Pervez Musharraf, under pressure over impending impeachment charges, resigned Monday. “We wish Pakistan well,” foreign adviser Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury told bdnews24.com in his initial reaction to the rather anticipated resignation. He said there would be no change in the relations between the two countries. “Bangladesh strongly believes that the people of Pakistani will determine their political destiny,” said Dr Iftekhar. General Musharraf , who unseated a democratically elected Prime Minister Newaz Sharif in a bloodless coup in 1999, resigned in the face of impeachment threat by the two biggest political parties of Pakistan.
Japanese PM sees no change in “US-led war on terror” after Musharraf
TOKYO Japan’s Prime Minister, Yasuo Fukuda, said he expected no immediate change to the US-led “war on terror” after Mr. Musharraf announced his resignation. When asked what kind of changes this brings to the ‘war-on-terror’ and the Afghan situation, he said: “I don’t expect any significant change for now”. “I would expect different things would occur later. But it is not a time for us to make predictions and share them with you,” he told Japanese journalists.
Musharraf’s resignation Pak’s internal matter: Indian PM
NEW DELHI: Indian External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee Monday described the resignation of the Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf as an “internal matter” of that country. “It is an internal matter of Pakistan,” Mukherjee said when reporters sought his reaction on the resignation of President Musharraf. Recalling his recent visit to Pakistan, Mukherjee said a process has been initiated to improve bilateral ties between the two countries and foreign secretary-level talks would be held shortly. “During my visit to Pakistan, I had, in fact, developed a personal relationship with the leaders of that country.
From Nawaz Sharif to Asif Ali Zardari and Yousuf Gilani, I have cordial discussions with all of them and it seems to me that a positive approach could be made in improving our relations,” Mukherjee said on the sidelines of a seminar on nuclear deal. The External Affairs minister said apart from bilateral issues, international issues too figured in the “talks”. “When I had met with a car accident in Murshidabad district last year, Nawaz Sharif personally telephoned me from London to enquire about my health,” he said.