Pakistan will not impose a state of emergency in the country, Federal Minister for Information Mohammad Ali Durrani confirmed on Thursday.
Durrani said that he met President General Pervez Musharraf on Thursday morning, and Musharraf said that the present situation did not necessitate the enforcement of emergency in the country, the News Network International (NNI) news agency reported.
Musharraf said all efforts should be made to hold free and fair elections in the country and strengthen the democratic institutions, according to Durrani.
Musharraf acknowledged that there were challenges in the country and the government was trying to surmount them. However, the government did not like to take any step which might prove as a hurdle in holding elections, Durrani said.
There was a provision in the constitution regarding the imposition of state of emergency but Musharraf was of the opinion that the present time was not fit for enforcing it, Durrani added.
Musharraf also pointed out that all hurdles in the way of the forthcoming elections should be removed and he did not want to derail the democratic process, which was in vogue for the last five years, Durrani said.
Musharraf was in favor of allowing all political parties to play their role in the interest of democracy, creating congenial atmosphere and promoting political process, NNI quoted Durrani as saying.
Local Pakistani media reported earlier that Musharraf was mulling imposing a state of emergency in the country after holding a high-level meeting with legal experts and confidants in the capital Islamabad on Wednesday.
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