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17 April 2024

Musharraf promises 'peaceful' Pakistan elections

By Agencies


President Pervez Musharraf vowed Thursday to crack down on any attempt to disrupt elections in Pakistan next month and insisted the polls would be "free and fair".

Appearing alongside Afghan President Hamid Karzai at the annual gathering of the world's political and business elite in the Swiss resort of Davos, Musharraf also promised to fight the "scourge" of terrorism in the region.

Davos was Musharraf's latest stop on a European tour aimed at shoring up his battered image overseas after months of turmoil and the assassination of opposition leader Benazir Bhutto.

Her murder resulted in elections being rescheduled for February 18.

"Obviously, the elections must be fair free and transparent, and I've added a new word 'peaceful'," Musharraf said, adding: "We will make sure they are peaceful". (AFP)