» Wednesday, November 28, 2007


The Prime Minister’s Spokesman (PMS) began by reading some words from the Prime Minister in response to General Musharraf stepping down as Chief of the Army Staff:

"I welcome the decision by President Musharraf to step down formally as Chief of Pakistan’s Army. This is an important part of the process that President Musharraf has told me he wants to take to rapidly restore constitutional order. We understand the threat to Pakistan’s peace and security. But I have urged President Musharraf to use the normal democratic processes to respond. Meeting last week in Kampala Commonwealth leaders set out the conditions that must be fulfilled if Pakistan is to be restored to its rightful place in the Commonwealth. Most importantly, it is essential that preparations are now put in place for free and fair elections to be held in January, with a level playing field for all political parties."

Asked if there had been any direct contact between the Prime Minister and President Musharraf since CHOGM, the PMS replied that they spoke last Wednesday, and there was a further brief discussion following the CHOGM decision. Obviously there was regular contact at all levels with the Pakistan Government.

Asked what contact there had been since the weekend, the PMS replied that there was a brief discussion following the Commonwealth decision.

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