LAHORE: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) presidential candidate Mamnoon Hussain said on Monday that he will be the symbol of federation.
"The new president will be elected democratically," he said, while addressing the media in Lahore.
Hussain added that he will resign from his party post if he gets elected as president.
Talking about Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP)'s boycott of the elections, he said, "There are pending cases against PPP in the courts and they're afraid the ruling of the cases might go against them. They're targeting the courts by boycotting presidential elections."
On the accusation that he is being appointed akin to former president Rafiq Tarar, he retorted, "What was wrong with Rafiq Tarar? He served the presidency well."
Hussain said that the role of the president is to make important decisions on the advice of the Prime Minister.
"If a president serves as a facilitator by following the law and the Constitution, what's the problem with that?" he questioned.
PML-N presidential candidate said, "I went to Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) to secure votes for the presidential elections because I as a candidate want to keep an open mind."
He said that there was no point in going to PPP for the same because the elections are being contested against them.
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Mamnoon Hussain is a good choice for Pakistan. He is decent, soft spoken, well-educated and a graduate of IBA, one of the most prestigious business schools of Pakistan.
@ahmed there is no rule that the senior most lt gen will be promoted to gen and made army chief. It is the discretion of the pm and president to chose anyone among the eligible lt generals though of course they should choose the most appropriate one. Seniority, previous record and the amount of popularity he enjoys within the army, lack of political affiliation and so many other factors play a role.
He will be a symbol of transporting dahi bhalla and gol gappa
This Dhobi will be the symbol of pakistan.
All you haters deserve Zirdari like President,
Never heard of this guy till he was announced PMLN's presidential candidate! whats behind the move? can anyone elaborate?
Symbol? which symbol?
This man will the symbol of the federation? Old haggard and disconnected with the rest of the world and at what pace the world is moving and to what direction.
Zardari has better acuman than this innocent naive man.
LOL he is funny.
One is not judged on statements but deeds......so we will soon find out Mr.President.
American president look at jewsh lobby during voting time and Pakistani pres at MQM what a similarity.....
Aren't you targeting PPP despite claiming to be a neutral president? Don't make yourself more controversial by acting like a mouthpiece of your masters.
Wait who is this guy again? Rafiq Tarar was the man who signed the summary of Musharraf being made COAS even though he was 6th in seniority amongst the Generals. That's what was wrong with Tarar. Mamnoon obviously will be the PM's yes man in the presidency with no clout.