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I am different, says Musharraf

Musharraf says an army chief should not be made a president of a country but he is an exception.
None | By Indo-Asian News Service, Islamabad
PUBLISHED ON OCT 22, 2006 05:54 PM IST

Making an exception of his holding the dual post of the president and the army chief as being in national interest, President Pervez Musharraf said that an army chief should not be the country's head of state.

In an interview to a private TV channel, Musharraf agreed that an army chief should not be the head of state but the situation in the country demanded that he should maintain both the portfolios, and the parliament has backed him up in this regard, the Online news agency said on Sunday.

Musharraf also dismissed criticism of his book 'In the Line of Fire' as "unfounded" because it was written in the capacity of being the president and an army general and there is no clause in the constitution that says that a president cannot write a book.

He said that he has done nothing illegal by writing a book and criticism by certain circles in this regard are "unfounded and baseless".

Reiterating that the war on terrorism would continue, Musharraf said there is a need to reject terrorism and extremism, as both are continuous threat to Pakistan.

The president said that he never ran away from challenges and faced them head on with courage due to his tough training as a commando.

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