Kayani says polls to be held as scheduled

Pakistan will go to polls as scheduled as it is a golden opportunity to usher in an era of true democratic values in the country

Written by Press Trust Of India | Islamabad | Published:May 2, 2013 1:13 am

Pakistan will go to polls as scheduled as it is a golden opportunity to usher in an era of true democratic values in the country,army chief Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani has said amid mounting attacks by the Taliban to derail the historic general elections.

Addressing an event to mark the Youm-e-Shahada (Day of Martyrs) on Tuesday,Kayani reiterated the army’s commitment to holding of free and fair elections.

He criticised those who contend that the campaign against terrorism is not Pakistan’s war and called for greater political consensus and a “clear policy” to tackle extremism and terrorism.

“Allah willing,general elections would be held in the country on May 11. There should be no doubt about this,” Kayani said.

The army,he said,is committed to “wholeheartedly assist and support in the conduct of free,fair and peaceful elections”.

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