ISLAMABAD: President Pervez Musharraf announced in a televised address
to the nation Monday that he had decided to resign after nine years in power to
avoid the threat of impeachment.
"After viewing the situation and consulting legal advisers and political allies,
with their advice I have decided to resign," a grim-faced Musharraf said, backed
by Pakistani flags and a portrait of the country's founder.
"I leave my future in the hands of people."
Musharraf made the shock announcement after denying that any of the impeachment
charges against him could stand and launching into a lengthy defence of his time
"Not a single charge in the impeachment can stand against me," Musharraf said.
"No charge can be proved against me because I never did anything for myself, it
was all for Pakistan."
He said that there was now law and order in the country, that human rights and
democracy had been improved and that Pakistan was now an crucial country
"On the map of the world, Pakistan is now an important country, by the grace of
Allah," he said.
The President dismissed the “false allegations” being leveled against him by the
coalition government and said he was neither afraid of the charges against him,
nor shy to face these through impeachment.
“For me it is always Pakistan first”, Musharraf said and added that politics of
confrontation must come to an end and instead a policy of reconciliation be
He stressed immediate measure be taken to arrest the economic downturn and said
the nation has the resilience to withstand any challenge.
He said it was not a time to show bravado, but to get serious as country’s
dignity was at stake, the office of Presidency would bear the brunt.
“For 44 years I have safeguarded the country and will continue to do so.”
“No charge sheet can stand against me. Not even a single charge can be proven
against me as I have full trust in Allah Almighty and I did everything with the
belief of Pakistan First.”
The President said he took all decisions with consultation, took all
stakeholders onboard, on the most difficult decisions.
“All stake holders, whether they were soldiers, politicians, bureaucrats,
members of civil society, Ulema were consulted in all decisions. “I have nothing
to worry about the charge sheet,” Musharraf said.