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Musharraf says continuation as Prez needed for Pak

india Updated: Jun 24, 2006 16:02 IST
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Asserting that his continuation as President and Army Chief was "very much needed" to tackle domestic, regional and global pressures faced by Pakistan, General Pervez Musharraf has said he would decide on the issue of shedding uniform when his Presidential term ends next year.

"It is very much needed because of the pressures Pakistan faced domestically, regionally and internationally. It is in the fitness of things I should retain the two offices, President and Army Chief," Musharraf said in a TV programme on Friday night.

Replying to a question, he said he was "extremely comfortable" with his roles as both the President and Army Chief.

"I am my own model and do not believe in copying anyone. I copy myself, follow my gut reactions and perceptions."

He said the day-today government is run by Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz.

"I just have a role to ensure the system functions well, within that my presence is very much required," he said, adding that Constitution permitted him to hold the two offices till 2007.

Musharraf said he would decide on the issue of giving up uniform when his Presidential term ends next year.

"I have said I will not violate Constitution. We will cross bridge when we come to it and follow dictates of the environment.

I will follow national interest, never will I follow personal interest. I have a national focus and I want Pakistan to do well, ensure that it will do well," the Pakistan President said.

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