US, UK, UAE ask Pakistan not to bar Benazir’s return

November 14th, 2007 - 2:22 am ICT by admin  
The Pakistan Government in a last-minute manoeuvre tried to prevent Bhutto’s arrival by using the life threat issued by pro-Taliban militant leader Baitullah Mehsud, said a senior government official.

“The said countries have asked the Pakistan Government not to politically destabilise the country by using such militant threats to bar Bhutto from landing at Karachi Airport,” he said.

Leading newspapers of Pakistan recently carried Mehsud’s quote, which said that Bhutto would be his target on her arrival.

“Since Baitullah Mehsud did not clarify the said news, so the cronies of Musharraf have started playing up this card as they are fearful of a political demise following the arrival of Benazir Bhutto,” said a senior PPP leader.

He also confirmed the information regarding the intervention by the US, the UK and the UAE with regard to the smooth homecoming of Bhutto.

The News quoted him as saying that senior PPP leaders has met Bhutto in Dubai and asked her not to delay her arrival.

When contacted, a senior Interior Ministry official said the government has given two bullet-proof cars for Bhutto’s security and the PPP has also been allowed to import two more bullet-proof vehicles. (ANI)

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