Aug 18, 2008

No last Punch - Musharraf resigns

As the rumors of Resignation of President Pervez Musharraf become reality,reactions from all over the globe & across Pakistan are coming.Some of them are quite interesting.Here are some of the media reactions on the resignation of Pervez Musharraf.

Geo says

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."

Dawn says

President Pervez Musharraf announced his resignation from the office of President of Pakistan on Monday, August 18. He said he would want the people of Pakistan to judge his actions. President Pervez Musharraf said he was sending his resignation to the Speaker of the National Assembly. He asked his well-wishers to accept his decision in the interests of Pakistan. He said his decision was on the slogan of Pakistan first and he wanted the country to prosper. President Musharraf hoped the nation would continue to prosper and develop.

Ndtv says

Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf has resigned. He will give letter of resignation to National Assembly Speaker.

Addressing the nation he said, "I leave it to the people to decide. Let them be judges and let them do justice. Though I am sure no charge can stand against me, I do not want instability and confrontation in the country".

"I do not want the office of President to come under impeachment procedure. I think this is not the time for individual bravado," he added.

He said it is a day of "important decisions".

Musharraf said "false and baseless" allegations have been levelled against him. People are being cheated by the false allegations levelled against him. These allegations would damage the interest of the nation

Cnn Says

Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf announced his resignation Monday after weeks of pressure on him to relinquish power. Musharraf told the nation in a televised address that he would step down -- nearly nine years after he seized power in a bloodless coup in 1999.

"I don't want the people of Pakistan to slide deeper and deeper into uncertainty," Musharraf said.

"For the interest of the nation, I have decided to resign as president," he said. "I am not asking for anything. I will let the people of Pakistan decide my future."

BBC says

Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf, who is facing impeachment by parliament, says he will resign.

The charges against the president include violation of the constitution and gross misconduct.

Mr Musharraf said he was confident that the charges against him would not stand but that this was not the time for more confrontation in Pakistan.

He has been one of the United States' strongest allies in its war against Islamist extremism.

His political rivals swept to power last February in national and provincial elections after months of political confrontation and worsening militant violence.
I feel that Pervez Musharraf finally did what is better for Pakistan & himself.What do you say about his resignation.


  1. Anonymous3:30 PM

    Yes - I think he has step down to avoid further conflict in the country. We will truly miss him

  2. Anonymous3:33 PM

    today is indeed a black day for my country,Pakistan.
    we have all heard the term "gone to the dogs"-now watch it happen with a living,breathing nation.
    "democracy" is going to cost us dearly;people who have been expelled from Pakistan for their corruption are back in power and have begun to drain the country's economy as soon as they possibly could.
    the VIP culture is back on the country's streets...there was always the hope that President Musharraf would wake up and do something-something like he did all those years ago....ignorant people dont have an least not one worth anything..and that has been proven by Pakistan's democratic system.
    the progress we witnessed over the past 8 years is in anything that is made will go to the highest bidder. underqualified people will get posts which they will run in a feudal system..everyone is for sale and the currency is the country's stability and infrastructure.
    its a sad day indeed.
    very sad.

  3. usman3:46 PM

    Though he has done the right thing to save his own dignity but I would say this is ONE OF THE ANOTHER DARKEST DAY IN HISTORY OF PAKISTAN. This nation has never realized that what is good and what is bad for them and when they realized it, the time was passed. All the great men and women got rewarded when they were dead. Now the political stupids have a free-hand to play around with this nations future as Mr. Sharif was fighting his personal war on the shoulders of this nation. Mr. Zardari got him away with NRO and now want to take every thing to his account as he was out of power for a long time in prison and its the right time to raise the bank balance and every thing he was doing earlier. I would say the Pakistani nation must think with an open mind looking at facts but not the emotional associations with the political parties that what they have done for us in past when ever they got power in their hands. I would say at the moment Pakistani nation is A NATION AT THE EDGE OF DISASTER and the proof for what I am saying here is the last 100 days of this political government with high speed inflation, Electricity Issue, Flour problem, Raising suicides in middle and lower class families, etc.

    Now what we are looking for is, how Musharraf's resignation will help lower the poverty ratio, lower the inflation, solve the electricity issue and specially how the free judiciary can help solving problems common people are suffering with.

    I just can pray that this nation will not suffer more and more as they are under every political leader since the first marshal law.

  4. Anonymous4:23 PM

    Pakistan has lost its Supreme Leadership. Now i dont see any personality nor any face who can sincerely run or lead this country anymore. I dont see the present Government handling this country's problems, instead, they just came back to seek revenge.

    Goodbye but, Thank You President Musharraf!

  5. Sofia Sultana4:33 PM

    it's bad enough that he resigned, which has depressed me no end, but that his detractors should vilify him with just glee is just pathetic. This is the character of our nation: hate anyone with more power than you, hate anyone who has actually done anything for the nation.

    We are all now defenceless against the wolves.

  6. The world must be jubilant that Musharraf, the biggest hurdle in Pakistan's war against terror has left the stage. The nation desperately wants to fight the fanatics and hopes that it will not be facing the double-standards set by Musharraf to fight the terrorists. It is the responsibility of the world to strengthen the democratic faction in their march towards democracy, freedom of speech, war against terror, human rights, free market economy and rule of law.

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  8. Muhammad Shakir6:52 PM

    Pakistan needed Musharraf till October, 2002 (OK make it 2004). The rest of the time he was doing in Pakistan what every dictator does. Every thing that he and Pakistan has achieved in these years is the fruit of 9/11. If he had given media the freedom that we see today (I too credit him) then he has taken this back too after 3rd November.

    I am sure that from now on, things such as taking down governments, martial law, bad governance, etc, will become part of dark past of Pakistan, ONLY if media, judiciary and people are given the freedom that they deserve.

    Politicians and beaucracy in Pakistan now face strong supervision from electronic media, the likes of whom have never been experienced before. So now if bad governance happens then it soon makes it way into news and articles and the counter measures are taken sooner.

    So from now on, we can hope to see (Khuda na Khwasta) the next dictator after two or three decades.

  9. Anonymous2:55 AM

    it is a sad sad day for all of us, now that wolves are back to grab whatever is left in our poor country.
    Good bye president

  10. Not a single day has passed & hopelessness is at its peak.This is the problem of our nation.Musharraf is from Pakistan.Pakistan is not from Musharraf.Non progressive nature is the worst thing for us at this moment.

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