A HUDDERSFIELD politician has welcomed the resignation of Pakistan’s president.
Pervez Musharraf stepped down yesterday, almost a decade after seizing power in a military coup.
Clr Mehboob Khan, whose wife and parents were born in Pakistan, welcomed the announcement.
“I’m very pleased that he’s gone,” said the Greenhead councillor.
But Clr Khan believes many people were happy when the general seized power from the civilian government of Nawaz Sharif in 1999
He said: “When Musharraf initially took power, people in Pakistan and Pakistanis living here had high hopes because they felt he had replaced a series of corrupt civilian governments. They thought he would be there for a short interim period.
“In his first 12 months in power, he was greeted as someone who had saved the country from the brink of bankruptcy and was aiming to restore law and order.
“But president Musharraf overstayed his welcome, he should have stood down eight years ago. There’s been massive resentment both here and in Pakistan about his continued military dictatorship.”
Clr Khan, who visited Pakistan last year, added that the country’s next government would have to tackle corruption.
He said: “The political structures are still not run in the best interests of the citizens. If you want something – like a passport or an identity card – the official expects a bribe on top of the normal fee.
“We need to see improvements that will stamp out corruption.”