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Musharraf asks candidates to accept poll results gracefully

Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf says it is important for the nation to focus on reconciliation on the challenges confronting it.
By HT Correspondent | PTI, Islamabad
UPDATED ON FEB 19, 2008 01:03 PM IST

President Pervez Musharraf on Tuesday urged candidates in Pakistan's general election to accept the results gracefully, saying it is important for the nation to focus on reconciliation to take on the challenges confronting it.

"Instead of crying foul, we should all show magnanimity," he said during a programme on state-run TV. All parties "must accept the results gracefully", he said.

In the face of challenges like extremism and terrorism confronting the country, it is important for Pakistan to stand united and exhibit reconciliation instead of confrontation.

"The election is the voice of the nation and we all, including myself, should accept these results," he said, adding there is a need for political reconciliation to ensure a secure and stable democracy in the country.

Replying to a question about his comments on opinion polls, Musharraf said such surveys are good but they do not necessarily reflect the views of the masses.

He lauded the law enforcement agencies, Election Commission and other authorities for providing effective security to ensure that the elections were free, fair, transparent and peaceful.

Pakistan has been in the global focus and media representatives and international observers from across the world are in Pakistan to monitor the election process. "Keeping these factors in view, we can say that these elections are the most important elections in the history of Pakistan," he said.

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