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'I will not become a useless vegetable'

Embattled Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf makes it clear that he has no plans to quit or go into exile.

world Updated: Jun 07, 2008 20:49 IST

As Gilani government prepares to clip his wings, embattled President Pervez Musharraf on Saturday made it clear that he has no plans to resign or go into exile and will not become a "useless vegetable".

"I am not going to resign. I will remain in Pakistan.... Rumours about my resignations are rubbish," he said in his first interaction with the media after the new government assumed office in March.

"I cannot become a useless vegetable and I can't be witness to the downfall of the state," the 64-year-old former military ruler told a select group of senior Pakistani journalists, adding that he had no plans whatsoever to leave the country. Trying at the same time to reach out to the PPP-led coalition government, Musharraf said he believed in "forgiving and patching up" and did not want any confrontation with it.

<b1>"I haven't done a single confrontationist act... I believe in forgiving and patching up," he said, adding the Presidency was not hatching any conspiracy against the government.

Significantly, Musharraf chose to speak to the media on a day when Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani and the top political leadership were out of Pakistan.

Musharraf said he would accept the parliament's decision on reinstating judges sacked by him during last year's emergency. "I am an elected President of Pakistan under the constitution. I will judge if I have any value in the country," he said.

At the same time, Musharraf made it clear he would not sit idle if any move is made by the new government led by the Pakistan People's Party to clip his powers.

"My going or staying depends on me and Pakistan....I do not have any house outside Pakistan and I do not want one," Musharraf added.

Musharraf's comments came in the wake of a constitutional reforms package drafted by the PPP to clip the President's sweeping powers. The package is currently being reviewed by the PPP's coalition partners.

In the wake of the drafting of the package, media reports had said that Musharraf had decided to resign and leave the country.

"Someone reported that a plane has landed in Islamabad to take me out of Pakistan. But where is the plane?" Musharraf asked.

"Someone was saying that the armed forces have surrounded my house. Someone said that I will leave the country within 48 hours. But now ask those reporters about the credibility of their reports."

Musharraf, who was recently described by PPP co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari as a "relic of the past" standing between the people and democracy, said he did not believe in confronting the government and was performing his functions according to the constitution.

Gilani and Zardari are currently on a visit to Saudi Arabia while PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif, a key ally in the ruling coalition, is in London.

Musharraf pledged his support to Gilani and said he will not interfere in the government's work. "The whole nation will accept parliament's decision to reinstate the judges. I will also accept the decision," Musharraf, who ousted Sharif in a 1999 bloodless coup but was forced to doff uniform last year and call elections in which his allies were trounced, said.

He rejected claims by the ruling parties that the Presidency is the centre of conspiracies against the new government. "There is no conspiracy in the Presidency. I am performing my functions according to the constitution," he insisted.

"I am the same person. I do not change, I am not a chameleon," Musharraf said. "The whole nation will accept parliament's decision to reinstate the judges. I will also accept the decision," Musharraf, who ousted Sharif in a 1999 bloodless coup but was forced to doff uniform last year and call elections in which his allies were trounced, said.

He rejected claims by the ruling parties that the Presidency is the centre of conspiracies against the new government. "There is no conspiracy in the Presidency. I am performing my functions according to the constitution," he insisted.
"I am the same person. I do not change, I am not a chameleon," Musharraf said.