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'Pervez to seek re-election in uniform'

Musharraf says that he would seek his re-election in uniform even as he insisted that he would not enter into any deal with former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto.

world Updated: Jun 10, 2007 15:58 IST

Ruling out the possibility of quitting as the Army Chief, Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf has said he would seek his re-election in uniform even as he insisted that he would not enter into any deal with former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto.

Musharraf, in an interview with Al-Arabia TV, said that he would not shed his uniform for the forthcoming Presidential election. He said he won the election in uniform, and he would again contest it in uniform.

Earlier, Musharraf had argued that he was Constitutionally entitled to continue as the Chief of Army till the end of this year as the National Assembly authorised him through a resolution.

He now plans to get re-elected between September and October as President and then hold general elections, scheduled to be held after November.

In his interview, excerpts of which were carried by the local media, Musharraf, while commenting on the present political situation, said that he was not going to enter into any deal with Bhutto or her Pakistan People's Party (PPP).

The Pakistan President also said that the elections in the country would be held on time.

On Iran's nuclear issue, he said Pakistan supported Tehran for gaining nuclear technology for peaceful purposes, and favoured a diplomatic solution to this matter.

He said Pakistan was not in favour of increase of nuclear states.

Reacting to the western media describing Pakistani nuclear bombs as 'Islamic bombs', Musharraf said no bomb could be named as a Hindu or Muslim bomb.