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Musharraf resigns: Reaction in quotes

Pakistan's President Pervez Musharraf has said he will resign after nine years in office. World figures and Pakistani political leaders have been giving their reaction.

ANAND SHARMA, INDIAN MINISTER OF EXTERNAL AFFAIRS

It is an internal development of Pakistan. We wish Pakistan stability and we want that peace prevails there and democracy strengthens. We are very clear - we will always be talking to the government of Pakistan and the leadership of Pakistan, whoever is the president or prime minister of that country.

AFGHAN FOREIGN MINISTRY SPOKESMAN

We hope that the resignation will have a positive impact on strengthening the government and democracy in Pakistan. Afghanistan wishes a stable, democratic Pakistan based on the rule of law.

CONDOLEEZZA RICE, US SECRETARY OF STATE

We will continue to work with the Pakistani government and political leaders, and urge them to redouble their focus on Pakistan's future and its most urgent needs, including stemming the growth of extremism, addressing food and energy shortages, and improving economic stability. The United States will help with these efforts to see Pakistan reach its goal of becoming a stable, prosperous, democratic, modern, Muslim nation.

SPOKESMAN FOR US PRESIDENT GEORGE W BUSH

President Bush is committed to a strong Pakistan that continues its efforts to strengthen democracy and fight terror. President Bush appreciates President Musharraf's efforts in the democratic transition of Pakistan as well as his commitment to fighting al-Qaeda and extremist groups. President Bush looks forward to working with the government of Pakistan on the economic, political and security challenges they face.

SPOKESMAN FOR BRITISH PM GORDON BROWN

During President Musharraf's time in office we have seen a deepening of UK-Pakistan relations. We wish him well in the future. But relations between the UK and Pakistan don't depend on individuals and, as we have made clear, we support measures that promote strong democratic institutions which lead to greater stability, democracy and rule of law in Pakistan.

DAVID MILLIBAND, BRITISH FOREIGN SECRETARY

Pakistan is a vital friend of the UK and it is essential for Britain's security that it has a strong and democratic government with a clear mandate. The responsibilities on political leaders in Pakistan are now significant. They need to come together to ensure that the recently-elected government carries forward an economic and security agenda consistent with the long-term interests of the Pakistani people.

YASUO FUKUDA, JAPANESE PM

What kind of changes does this bring to the "war-on-terror" and the Afghan situation? I don't expect any significant change for now. I would expect different things would occur later. But it is not a time for us to make predictions.

FRENCH FOREIGN MINISTRY

We would like the next president and the Pakistani government to work together in a constructive climate and with respect for the institutions to address the many challenges facing Pakistan.

GERMAN FOREIGN MINISTRY

The German government hopes that the democratic government in Pakistan, and also the future president, will now seize the opportunity to bolster the democratic institutions in Pakistan and address the urgent challenges facing the country. Germany will continue to stand by Pakistan in the future as the country develops and stabilises its democracy.

RUSSIAN MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS

Russia hopes that the resignation of Pervez Musharraf will have no negative consequences for the political stability of this great Asian state. We hope that the situation in Pakistan will not leave the limits of the constitutional framework and will remain within the framework of legality and respect for order.

BILAWAL BHUTTO ZARDARI, CHAIRMAN OF PAKISTAN PEOPLE'S PARTY (PPP)
After the martyrdom of my mother (Benazir Bhutto) I said that democracy was the best revenge - and today it was proved true. Someone from the Pakistan People's Party would be the next president of Pakistan but I don't know who that would be.

FAROOQ NAEK, PAKISTAN MINISTER FOR LAW AND PARLIAMENTARY AFFAIRS

Democracy is going to flourish in the real sense and the people of Pakistan would see that in this country, the rule of law, supremacy of parliament, would be there.

ENVER BAIG, SENATOR, PPP

This is news which was long-awaited by the people of Pakistan. It is a very wise decision on his part, and it is a big day for the people of Pakistan and for democracy in this country. I think that a realisation has now come that military dictatorships do not give good results.

DELAWAR ABBAS, SENATOR, PAKISTAN MUSLIM LEAGUE (PML-Q)

It is in the larger interest of the nation and the country that President Musharraf has taken such a decision, which we accept as a party. The president, who was a bone of contention for (PPP and PML-Q) is now gone, and now they will start their own course of action and thinking - two separate parties, two separate chiefs.

SYED NAVEED QAMAR, PAKISTAN FINANCE MINISTER

I think we took a long time in getting through this but finally the day has arrived. It is a very happy day for the entire nation and I hope that now the coalition can divert its attention to solving the rest of the problems of the country.

AHSAN IQBAL, SPOKESMAN FOR PML-N

Our stance is quite clear - that General Musharraf is nobody. If a trial is carried out, then in the future no one in Pakistan will dare to even think of breaking the constitution. The crimes against the Pakistani nation - against Pakistan's judiciary, against rule of law and democracy in Pakistan - those cannot be forgiven by a person or a party.





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