ISLAMABAD: The following are key quotes from a televised address to the nation by General (r) Pervez Musharraf on Monday in which he announced his resignation.
Defending his record: “Pakistan first has been my philosophy.” “Nine years ago when I assumed the power of the country, it was going to be declared a terrorist state and on the verge of being declared an economically failed state.”
“Unfortunately, some elements acting for vested interests levelled false allegations against me and deceived people.”
Reconciliation attempts: “I conducted February 18 elections, which were free and fair and power was transferred in an amicable manner. This is the proof of my reconciliatory attitude.” “All my appeals for reconciliation and leaving the past behind failed.”
Impeachment: “Now they (the ruling coalition) want to impeach me. Why, because they want to hide their mistakes?” “No charge sheet can stand against me, no charge can be proved against me, because I never did anything for myself, it was all for Pakistan.”
“This is not time for individual bravado, it is time to think seriously. With impeachment, the country’s dignity will be undermined and, as you all know, Pakistan is my love, my life is ready to be sacrificed for it.”
Goodbye: “After viewing the situation and consulting legal advisers and political allies, with their advice I have decided to resign.””I leave my future in the hands of the people.”
Warnings: “I am sad that Pakistan is going down fast, poor people are being pressed by price hikes. I pray that the government will provide relief to the people.” “For the people my heart is weeping. We were going in the right direction, our children were getting education. But now, where are we going?” “If we continue with the politics of confrontation, we will not save the country. People will never pardon this government if they fail to do so.” afp