Benazir Bhutto weighing political options

November 14th, 2007 - 8:34 am ICT by admin  
Benazir Bhutto has said she will work with other parties to ‘get rid of this martial law, but she must decide whether to continue to seek a power-sharing deal with President General Musharraf or to make a clean break from him.

For the time being, she is hedging her bets.

Western-educated Benazir has been energetically making the case for democratic ideals as part of a well-orchestrated campaign to gain a third prime ministerial term at a crucial time in Pakistan’s turbulent history.

Bhutto, who survived an assassination attempt when she returned from exile last month, has had plenty of time to hone an image designed to ppeal to the West.

She has presented herself as a moderate, willing to stand up to the Islamist militants.

“Neither (Bhutto or Sharif) pushed through any significant reforms,” says Owen Bennett Jones in his book Pakistan.

“In national policy terms, their most important shared characteristic was their ability to run up huge levels of foreign debt,” he adds.

For Bhutto, this homecoming has been even more dramatic than in 1986, when she returned from a previous exile to Lahore and to a one million-strong crowd, going on to win an election two years later for her first stint as prime minister.

This time an assassination attempt by suicide bombers killed more than 140 of her supporters in Karachi and now she must deal with Musharraf’s emergency rule. It is certainly a more eventful career than she had at first contemplated. (ANI)

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