Feb 21, OnlineNews.com.pk

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf has asserted that he is not planning to resign or retire and would stay in office to guide the democratic transition in the country.

In an interview a day after a landmark national election delivered resounding losses to his allies in Parliament, Mr. Musharraf said he has no plans to step down. Instead, he said he wanted to help end the internecine battles between presidents and prime ministers that have marred Pakistan’s political history and precipitated military interference in the government.

"No, not yet. We have to move forward in a way that we bring about a stable democratic government to Pakistan," he said in an interview with Wall Street Journal adding, he is even prepared to work with former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

"We are running a parliamentary system. The government is run by the Prime Minister. The President has no mandate to share governing power with the Prime Minister. The Prime Minister runs the government. The President has his own position but has no authority running the government."

"The clash would be if the Prime Minister and President would be trying to get rid of each other. I only hope we would avoid these clashes," Musharraf maintained.

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