Musharraf makes case for holding dual posts
Musharraf says two third majority in parliament has allowed him to keep the two posts of army chief and president.india Updated: Feb 19, 2007 13:31 IST
Making the case for his continuation as Army chief and President, Pervez Musharraf has said by virtue of holding the two posts he has been able to maintain the unity of command, allowing him to take important decisions relating to national security.
Musharraf said two third majority in parliament has allowed him to keep the two posts and it is according to the democratic procedure of the country.
In an interview to local Hum TV, he said his decision to keep two posts and maintain the unity of command allowed him to take speedy decisions on important issues like national security, Balochistan and Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA).
On the question of ensuring free and fair polls during the general elections scheduled to be held after November, he said an independent Chief Election Commissioner has been appointed.
The opposition parties were asked to submit names for Chief Election Commissioner but they never did so, he said adding this time transparent ballot boxes will be used.
He rejected the impression that uniformed men were being inducted into jobs by ignoring civilians.
"All postings have been made strictly on merit basis…."
About the formation of a caretaker government before the next general elections, he said, "We want to take the input of opposition for the formation of the caretaker set up."
The President said Kalabagh dam, which was opposed by political parties in NWFP, will be built by 2016 besides other dams.
"The delay is just a matter of timing," he said adding construction of Basha dam in Northern Areas has already started.
He said Kalabagh dam is lifeline of Pakistan and it is more important for Sindh than Punjab.
About the conflict between nationalists and security forces in southwest Balochistan, Musharraf said people in Balochistan are feeling the impact of development and economic uplift.
"We are trying to take the younger generation of Balochistan on board. I am getting a positive response from the students of the Balochistan University," he said.
"Our strategy is to bring development to the province. We are giving 1000 scholarships to students for cadet, medical and engineering colleges," he added.