President Pervez Musharraf’s resignation was celebrated across Pakistan. Particularly happy were members of the ruling Pakistan People’s Party, whose candidate, the former prime minister Benazir Bhutto, was assassinated in the run up to the last elections.
Bhutto’s son Bilawal said Musharraf quitting indicates a return to democracy: “A few days after my mother’s assassination I said that democracy was the best revenge and indeed democracy is the greatest revenge and we’re all very proud of our country today.”
Lawyers, who hated the president for trying to sack Pakistan’s chief justice, gathered and chanted “Hang Musharraf.”
The other ruling coalition party, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, called for him to be tried for treason- which carries the death penalty- as a warning to others. Spokesman Ahsan Iqbal said: “General Musharraf is a nobody; but it is a question of the attitude that leads to the constitution being broken. If we have a trial then, in the future, no one in Pakistan will dare to even think about breaking the constitution.”
Many of those dancing in the streets expressed hope that, following Musharraf’s resignation, the government will be able to concentrate on bringing greater political and economic stability to the country.