Presidential election to be free, fair: Pakistan PM


Islamabad : Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz on Friday said presidential election will be held in a free, fair and transparent manner as envisaged by the Constitution to strengthen democratic process in the country.

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The Prime Minister was talking to President PML Ch. Shujaat Hussain, PML Secretary General Mushahid Hussain Sayed, Minister for Information and Broadcasting Muhammad Ali Durrani and Minister for Law and Justice Zahid Hamid, here at the PM House.

He expressed the hope that President Pervez Musharraf will succeed in the Presidential election as PML and coalition partners have the desired strength in the assemblies to ensure his re-election.

The Prime Minister said that the submission of large number of applications for the Presidential election is a healthy sign for the future of democracy in Pakistan.

The meeting also reviewed the political situation in NWFP, the strategy for the Presidential as well as upcoming general elections in the country.

The participants expressed confidence that re-election of President Pervez Musharraf will take the country forward on the path of the progress, prosperity and development.

The Prime Minister said that the PML and coalition partners will contest the next general elections on the basis of their performance in office and will come out victorious.

He said that the structural reforms undertaken by the present government have improved the standard of living of the people and this has increased the popularity of PML government.

Senator Mushahid Hussain Syed Chairman Senate’s Committee on Foreign Relations also presented the report on Pakistan-NATO relations and updated the Prime Minister about the meetings held with his counterparts and apprised that it would help to create better mutual understanding of issues like peace, security and Pakistan-NATO relations.

He said PM’s visit to NATO Headquarter in January has also helped creating better understanding about Pakistan.

The Prime Minister appreciated the efforts of foreign relations committee of the Senate in finalizing the report on Pakistan-NATO relations. He said it would give the readers a insight into Pakistan commitment to peace and its role in war against terrorism.