‘Benazir’s next moves will determine her relationship with Musharraf’

November 14th, 2007 - 2:32 am ICT by admin  
This bond is still not absolutely friction-free, and has the potential of being rocked by certain actions of the two sides.

“Musharraf still wants exiled former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to join hands with the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Q, but his fervent desire remains unrealised because of the latter’s inflexible stand against the president,” a senior official, who recently met Musharraf, told The News.

Musharraf wants Sharif to lower the tension and show some kind of flexibility from where the president can proceed ahead to build a working rapport.

This desire of Musharraf depicts the overall view of the presidential camp, which is reinforced by the fact that if Benazir is given a totally free hand, she would sway the opinion in her favour on the eve of the parliamentary elections, the daily reported.

It is quite evident that Benazir’s presence in Pakistan would spur political activities and the ruling coalition has no legs to stand against the PPP. This has amplified fears in the presidential camp.

The ruling coalition is so scary about Benazir’s growing political activities that they are lamenting the President’s decision of giving concessions to her.

“Well briefed” federal ministers and other senior government leaders reflect Musharraf’s thinking, approach and reservations to her policy.

Railways Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed, Information Minister Mohammad Ali Durrani and Punjab Chief Minister Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi stand among those representing through their public statements Musharraf’s policy towards Ms Bhutto.

The presidential camp is unhappy about Benazir’s not accepting Musharraf’s suggestion to delay her return plan. The government leaders, who have been publicly critical of the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) chief, have plainly talked about the president’s disapproval in this connection.

Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi lambastes openly the PPP, as he could be a biggest loser if the Muslim League was routed in the upcoming general elections.

“The PPP is a ‘pardon’ party and it is our Muslim League which has given Ms Bhutto pardon. We will counter the party which dismembered Pakistan,” has been the Punjab chief minister’s recurring refrain in the recent days. (ANI)

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