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General Pervez Musharraf's Address to the Nation
(Highlights)

 
    ISLAMABAD, Oct 17 (APP): Following is the text of speech by Chief Executive of Pakistan, CJCSC and COAS General Pervez Musharraf, NI (M). T Bt delivered on Oct 17:

Bismillah -Ar-Rehman-Ar-Rahim
My dear countrymen, Asalam O Alaikum.

     Pakistan today stands at the crossroads of its destiny - a destiny which is in our hands to make or break. Fifty-two years ago, we started with a beacon of hope and today that beacon is no more and we stand in darkness. There is despondency, and hopelessness surrounding us with no light visible anywhere
around. The slide down has been gradual but has rapidly accelerated in the last many years. 

     Today  we have reached a stage where our economy has crumbled, our credibility is lost, state institutions lie demolished; provincial disharmony has caused cracks in the federation, and people who were once brothers are now at each other's throat.

     In sum, we have lost our honour, our dignity, our respect in the comity of nations. Is this the democracy our Quaid-e-Azam had envisaged? Is this the way to enter the new millennium?.

     Let us not be despondent. I am an optimist I have faith in the destiny of this nation; belief in its people and conviction in its future. We were not a poor nation as generally perceived.

    In fact we are rich. We have fertile land that can produce three crops a year. We have abundant water to irrigate these lands and generate surplus power.We have gas, coal and vast untapped mineral resources - and above all a dynamic and industrious people. All these await mobilization. We have only to awaken, join hands and grasp our destiny. For Allah helps those who help themselves.

    My fellow Pakistanis, as you are aware I took over in extremely unusual circumstances - not of my making. It is unbelievable and indeed unfortunate that, the few at the helm of affairs in the last government were intriguing to destroy the last institution of stability left in Pakistan by creating dissention in the ranks of the armed forces of Pakistan. And who would believe that the Chief of Army Staff, having represented Pakistan in Sri Lanka, upon his return was denied landing in his own country and instead circumstances were created which would
have forced our plane either to land in India or crash.

(To to continued)
 

Seven aims and objects

     ISLAMABAD, Oct 17 (APP)- The Chief Executive, Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee and Chief of Army Staff Sunday spelled out the seven aims and objects as: 

One-      Rebuild national confidence and morale.
Two-      Strengthen federation, remove inter provincial  disharmony and restore national cohesion.
Three-    Revive economy and restore investor confidence.
Four-     Ensure law and order and dispense speedy justice.
Five-     Depoliticise state institutions.
Six-      Devolution of power to the grass-roots level.
Seven-    Ensure swift and across the board accountability.

Chief Executive announces to hold swift, across board accountability 

     ISLAMABAD, Oct 17 (APP): Chief Executive, COAS and Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee Gen. Pervez Musharraf on Sunday announced  to hold swift and across the board accountability.

     Good governance is necessary for this purpose, he said in his address to the nation over Television and Radio here.

Pakistan not to revert to sham democracy

     ISLAMABAD, Oct 17 (APP): Pakistan will not revert to sham democracy but will be put on the path of true one, Chief Executive, Chairman JCSC and COAS, Gen. Pervez Musharraf declared Sunday.

    In the address to the nation, broadcast live on radio and television networks, Gen. Pervez Musharraf said that there was only label and not essence of democracy in Pakistan, hitherto.

    The previous rulers, he said, had become despots in the name of democracy."Was this the democracy envisaged by the Quaid-e-Azam?, asked the Chief Executive.
 

Musharraf announces formation of six-member National Security Council

     ISLAMABAD, Oct 17 (APP): Chief Executive, Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee and Chief of Army Staff announced on Sunday formation of a six-member National Security Council (NSC)to run the affairs of the country.

     This was announced by him in his address to the nation this evening.

     Gen. Musharraf said, the NSC would be headed by himself and comprise Chief of Naval Staff, Chief of Air Staff and an specialist each in the fields of legal, finance,  foreign policy and national affairs.

Cabinet of ministers to work under NSC
 
     ISLAMABAD, Oct 17 (APP): The Cabinet of Ministers will work under the supervision of the National Security Council (NSC) headed by the Chief Executive, COAS and Chairman Joint Chiefs of
Staff Committee, Gen. Pervez Musharraf.

     This was announced by Gen. Musharraf in his address to the nation over Television and Radio Sunday evening.

I chose to save nation and cared not to sacrificen the constitution : Musharraf
 
     ISLAMABAD, Oct 17 (APP): Chief Executive, COAS and Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee Gen. Pervez Musharraf Sunday said he chose to save the nation and yet took care not to sacrifice the constitution.

     Addressing the nation over Television and Radio, Musharraf said he has to choose between saving a body at the cost of the limb.

    "The Constitution is but a part of the nation therefore Ichose to save the nation and yet took care not to sacrifice the constitution," said the Chief Executive. The constitution has only been temporarily held in abeyance.

Plane had only 7 minutes fuel left

    ISLAMABAD, Oct 17 (APP): The PIA Commercial flight carrying Chief Executive, Chairman JCSC and COAS, Gen. Pervez Musharraf, had only seven minutes of fuel left after being denied landing at Karachi.

    Gen. Pervez Musharraf said in a live address to the nation  Sunday evening that the flight, coming from Colombo, was not allowed toland in Karachi.The previous government, he said, wanted the flight to land in India or crash, Gen. Musharraf told the nation.

    He said the previous rulers, in their intrigues, had gone to the extent of not allowing the Chairman JCSC and COAS to land in his own country.

    The rulers, he said, wanted to spread dissension in the last viable institution of the country. "I took over in unusual circumstances which were not of my making", he said.