Deal with Musharraf can tarnish Benazir’s reputation as a politician

November 14th, 2007 - 2:19 am ICT by admin  
According to The Chicago Tribune, the former Prime Minister’s association with Musharraf could tarnish her reputation as a politician who stands up to the military.

The paper said that Benazir’s popularity has gone down since she started talking with Musharraf, whose win in the October 6 presidential elections is being challenged in the country’s apex court.

Quoting a poll by the International Republican Institute, it said only 35 percent of 4,000 Pakistanis surveyed in late August and early September support a power-sharing deal between Benazir and Musharraf, the Christian Science Monitor reported.

Benazir is scheduled to return to Pakistan on October 18. She has plans to contest parliamentary elections in January, and seek a third term as Prime Minister.

The Pakistan Government promulgated National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO) on October 5, just a day before the presidential elections, granting general amnesty to all politicians, bankers and bureaucrats from charges relating to misdemeanours, misconduct and misuse of power between January 1986 and October 1999. (ANI)

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