Negroponte brokers restricted truce between Benazir, Musharraf

November 18th, 2007 - 12:50 pm ICT by admin  

Islamabad, Nov 18 (ANI): US Deputy Secretary of State John Negroponte has succeeded in arranging a restricted truce between President Pervez Musharraf and former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto.
In return, Washington could turn a blind eye to certain acts of the incumbent administration in Pakistan, including some harsh steps, while dealing with the present crises.
Sources said that Negroponte had a telephonic conversation with Bhutto and reminded her of the importance of moderate forces working together in Pakistan.
Negroponte warned Musharraf that Washington would review its military aid to the country unless he lifts a state of emergency, a foreign news agency quoted Western diplomats, as saying.
Western diplomats said that Negroponte told Musharraf “military aid would be under review” if he did not quit the army, hold elections on time, lift curbs on the media and release political prisoners.
“Both sides gave their views very clearly,” one diplomat said.
But Musharraf told Negroponte that he could only restore the Constitution when the security situation improved, a senior presidential aide said.
“President Musharraf made it clear to the US envoy that the emergency can only be lifted once the situation regarding law and order improves.”
Negroponte flew here amid growing US concern at the turmoil in its key ally in the “war on terror, The News reported.
He also met General Ashfaq Kiyani, Pakistan’s Deputy Army Chief of Staff and Musharrafs successor if he gives up his uniform as promised. (ANI)

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