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Bangladeshi politicians welcome Musharraf's resignation

world Updated: Aug 19, 2008 10:49 IST
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Emergency-ruled Bangladesh has said it expected Pakistani people to be in charge of their own political destiny following President Musharraf's resignation as major political parties here viewed his exit as victory of democracy.

"We believe people of Pakistan should be in charge of their own political destiny as the process evolves," Foreign adviser to the government Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury said in a statement.

The major political parties saw the development as a triumph of democracy while expressing hope that the move would strengthen democratic process in Pakistan.

"By his resignation autocrat Musharraf had saved his skin from the wrath of the Pakistani people," former Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's Awami League presidium member Abdur Razzak said.

"The event also leaves some lessons for those here who are eager to implement certain blueprints to subvert democracy in Bangladesh," detained ex-premier Khaleda Zia's Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) secretary general Khandaker Delwar Hossain said.But several political and foreign relations analysts, while cautiously welcoming the development in Pakistan, said it remained to be seen how post Musharraf development unfolded in Pakistan.

"Domestically his departure may not have much bearing but internationally may have wider ramifications for the war against terror will face an uncertain fate," senior journalist and foreign relations analyst Zaglul Ahmed Chowdhury said.

He, however, said despite his departure Pakistan's peace talks with India was unlikely to be affected because both Asif Ali Zardari and Nawaz Sharif would like to carry forward the process.