Pakistan's president General Pervez Musharraf has said that the country's presidential elections will be held between 15 September and 15 October, according to the country's constitution.
He said this while speaking to members of the ruling Pakistan Muslim League (PML) party in Faisalabad on Thursday, Geo TV reports.
There have been fears that Musharraf could postpone or cancel the polls amid growing militancy and instability in Pakistan. Last week the Pakistani leader summoned security chiefs to discuss the possible imposition of emergency rule but he later said that no drastic measures would be taken and that the polls would go ahead as planned.
The visiting US assistant secretary of state Richard Boucher told reporters in Islamabad on Thursday that Musharraf was committted to holding legitimate elections despite the fact that he continues to be the army chief as he seeks a second term as president.
"I see that everyone including the president is committed to the elections," Boucher said at the end of his two day visit to Pakistan.
He said that Musharraf had given assurances that the issue would be dealt with in accordance with the constitution.
Parliamentary elections are due to follow the presidential poll within three months.
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