Negroponte to talk tough with Musharraf on emergency

November 15th, 2007 - 1:57 pm ICT by admin  

Islamabad, Nov 15 (ANI): US Deputy Secretary of State John Negroponte is likely to deliver a blunt message from US President George Bush to President General Pervez Musharraf to lift emergency in Pakistan, senior officials have said.
“We are not aware of Negroponte’s agenda of talks. We have been rejecting unreasonable comments and remarks made by foreign countries on Pakistan’s internal affairs,” said Foreign Office spokesman M Sadiq.
Sadiq said that Pakistan had been interacting with different countries on the ground realities and the gravity of the situation that necessitated the emergency.
Other officials, however, feel that Negroponte is being specially dispatched to do a “face-to-face plain talking” with Musharraf.
One official said that the US is uneasy over the “rupture of understanding for future power-sharing” between Musharraf and former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, and this would be a major topic of discussion between Negroponte and Musharraf.
The Americans want Musharraf to give Bhutto a “level-playing field” to enable her to win polls.
“Musharraf would assure Negroponte once again that he would have no hesitation in working with Bhutto if she is successful in the elections,” The News quoted the official, as saying.
The official pointed out that Musharraf has consistently withstood foreign pressure, particularly emanating from the US and Europe.
” I think Musharraf may give a date to Negroponte to dispense with the emergency with a view to satisfy him,” he said.
The official, however, said it was unlikely that Musharraf would oblige the US or any other foreign country by promptly lifting the emergency.
“The whole scheme of Musharraf that was behind the November 3 action will collapse, and there will be chaos in the official camp,” he said.
He added that in closed-door meetings, Musharraf has repeatedly stated that the state of emergency would not be revoked unless intended objectives are achieved.
The official said that on the basis of Negroponte’s report, Washington would then reassess its policy towards Pakistan. (ANI)

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