Polls 'golden opportunity' for true democratic values: Kayani

Last Updated: Wed, May 01, 2013 11:29 hrs

Rawalpindi: Pakistan Army chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani has strongly dispelled the impression that the upcoming parliamentary elections will be postponed due to security threats.

Kayani's statement came amid doubts on whether the elections would take place on time in the wake of the deteriorating law and order situation in the country, particularly in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, Karachi and Balochistan, reports The Express tribune.

The army chief said the upcoming elections would provide a 'golden opportunity' to usher in an era of true democratic values in the country, and urged voters to elect those who would work for the country.

The army chief, while addressing a gathering in Rawalpindi, also cautioned that the politics of 'retribution' would not strengthen democracy in the country. He said it is in fact about awareness and participation of the masses that can truly end the game of hide-and-seek between democracy and dictatorship.

His remarks appeared to refer to the ongoing trial of former president and ex-military ruler Pervez Musharraf, who is also facing treason charges for imposing emergency rule in 2007.

Kayani said the army was committed to "wholeheartedly assisting and supporting the conduct of free, fair and peaceful elections". 

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