Musharrafs political future lies in Benazir, Sharifs hands: Analysts

November 29th, 2007 - 4:43 pm ICT by admin  

Lahore, Nov 29 (ANI): Political analysts in Pakistan feel that the political future Pervez Musharraf, who took oath as a civilian President on Thursday after stepping down as the chief of the army yesterday, lies in the hands of two former prime ministers– Nawaz Sharif and Benazir Bhutto.

According to them, a great deal depends on how the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) react to the changed political situation in the country.

Although Musharraf met a major demand from the opposition by handing over the armys command to General Ashfaq Kiyani on Wednesday, his act has failed to satisfy the PPP and the PML-N, the Dawn reported.

The political situation remains murky as both Benazir and Sharif insist that they are not ready to work with Musharraf even as a civilian President.

The main thing to be watched is political situation unfold over the next one week or two after Musharraf becomes a civilian president and when emergency is lifted, the Dawn quoted Dr Rasul Bux Rais, a Lahore-based political analyst, as saying.

That is expected to bring about a major change in the attitudes of the opposition parties, Dr Rais added.

They said that Musharrafs powers as a civilian president to manipulate national politics would be diluted as he himself has stated many a time in the past that his uniform was a source of strength for him to act decisively.

Another analyst Dr Hasan Askari Rizvi saud that now the President would have to turn to the new army chief before taking vital decisions.

The future is certainly going to be tough for Musharraf, said Dr Rizvi, a Lahore-based defence and political analyst.

Analysts do not rule out confrontation between Musharraf and Benazir and Nawaz, which may rob him and the forthcoming elections of legitimacy he is seeking to stay in power as a civilian president for another five years, the daily said.

The future course of politics in Pakistan depends upon Nawaz, who has emerged as the key figure after his return home, said Dr Rais.

If he decides to boycott the elections and confronts Musharraf, he will deprive the elections of integrity. Even Benazirs participation will not be able to legitimise the electoral process. But if Nawaz decides to take part in the electoral process under Musharraf and his arrangements, he will be history, he added.

Dr Rizvi said that the future course of countrys politics hinges upon how Benazir and Nawaz look at the elections. The PML-N leader has been giving tough statements since his return home. But Benazir is careful and keeping all her options open. It is difficult to get the drift of national politics at the moment. Things will become clearer in the next few days, he said.

Though Nawaz has ruled out such a possibility so far, but PML-Q president Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain and his cousin, Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi, who is being touted as his partys candidate for the office of Prime Minister, are not ruling out some sort of adjustments with the PML-N after the elections.
You cannot rule out anything in Pakistan. If Musharraf can meet Benazir and if Nawaz Sharif can return Pakistan before the elections, everything is possible, said former Railways Minister Sheikh Rashid. (ANI)

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