Musharraf never delivered on promises, says Benazirs book

February 5th, 2008 - 1:21 pm ICT by admin  

Benazir Bhutto
Washington, Feb.5 (ANI): Assassinated former Pakistan Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto has revealed in her forthcoming book Reconciliation: Islam, Democracy and the West that President Pervez Musharrafs regime never delivered on whatever it had promised to her Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) between 2002 and 2007.
According to the Daily Times, the negotiations between the two went on by fits and starts, and failed every time because I (Benazir) insisted on a road map to democracy.
The book is scheduled for release on February 12.
The slain PPP leader says that her husbands release in 2004 was accompanied by a promise of a level playing field to all political parties. She expresses disappointment that it didnt happen.
Benazir also reveals that she was in New York in August 2006 when Musharraf called her for the first time.
He asked for my support for a bill related to womens rights. I agreed, subject to a parliamentary committees working out the details . . . The passage of the womens bill gave momentum to the process of negotiations, although deep suspicions existed.
She writes that her first face-to-face meeting with Musharraf in the United Arab Emirates was both long and cordial, and Musharrafs response to her political demands was positive.
She writes that she told Musharraf to shed his uniform, ensure free, fair and transparent elections, lift ban on twice-elected prime ministers, drop charges against politicians and declare it publicly.
Benazirs greatest regret appears to have been Musharrafs unwillingness to act on any of his promises.
If Musharraf had fulfilled his promises, Pakistan could have had an orderly democratic transition, closing the chapter on military rule once and for all, she writes. (ANI)

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