I won't interfere in PM's selection, says Musharraf

Updated on Feb 17, 2008 11:43 AM IST
The Pakistan president says political parties will have to decide on a candidate in the event of a fractured verdict.
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PTI | By, Islamabad

Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf has said the political parties would have to decide on a prime ministerial candidate through mutual consultations in the event of the general election on Monday throwing up a fractured verdict and insisted that he would play no role in this process.



Interacting with a team from the Centre for Media and Democracy that is in the country to monitor the polls, Musharraf on Saturday said he would not interfere in the process to select a prime minister if none of the parties secured a majority in the next Parliament.



He was responding to a question from the observers on his role in the event of the polls throwing up a fractured verdict.



Musharraf responded that the choosing of a prime minister in such circumstances would be part of the parliamentary process and the parties would have to decide on a prime minister through mutual consultations.



He also said the government had taken several steps to address concerns of rigging expressed by the political parties.



Observers from across the world were being given all assistance to monitor the polls to ensure that they are free and fair, Musharraf was quoted as saying by Geo New channel.

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