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Shocker: Bhutto Won’t Work With Musharraf

From a disappointed Associated Press:

Pakistan leader to quit army this month

By ZARAR KHAN, Associated Press Writer

LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) — President Gen. Pervez Musharraf said Wednesday he expects to step down as army chief by the end of November and begin a new presidential term as a civilian, warning that Pakistan risked chaos if he gave into opposition demands to resign.

In an interview with The Associated Press, he blamed former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, currently under house arrest, for fueling political turmoil, and rejected Western pressure to quickly lift emergency rule, which he indicated was likely to continue through the January elections.

“All those who are blunt enough to tell me to my face what the reality is, all of them think, yes, it will lead the country to chaos if I do not handle the political environment now with me remaining as the president,” he said, speaking at his army office…

A senior official said Wednesday that Benazir Bhutto will remain under house arrest for at least another day, while the Bush administration sent its No. 2 diplomat to Pakistan to urge President Gen. Pervez Musharraf to rescind emergency rule.

Meanwhile, another opposition leader was arrested after he showed up at a student rally in Lahore, police said. Imran Khan, a cricket legend who leads a small but outspoken opposition party, was the only one of Musharraf’s most outspoken critics not in detention or exile.

Authorities put Bhutto under house arrest Tuesday for the second time in a week, and a senior federal government official told The Associated Press that she was grounded until at least Thursday

Bhutto said Tuesday she was working to forge a partnership with Nawaz Sharif, the man overthrown as prime minister in a 1999 coup by Musharraf. She demanded that Musharraf step down, dashing Western hopes the two moderate leaders would form an alliance to confront strengthening Islamic extremists…

Bhutto said she could not work with Musharraf…

“The international community needs to decide whether it will go with one man or the people of Pakistan,” Bhutto told the AP by telephone Tuesday from the house where she is being held in the city of Lahore…

“Musharraf knows how to crack down against pro-democracy forces,” Bhutto wrote in an op-ed piece published Wednesday in the Washington Post. “He is, however, unwilling or unable to track down and arrest Osama bin Laden or contain the extremists. This is the reality of Pakistan in November 2007.

“The only terror that Musharraf’s regime seems able to confront is the terror of his own illegitimacy,” she added.

Musharraf on Tuesday rejected Bhutto’s call to resign as well as an appeal by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to lift the state of emergency.

“I totally disagree with her,” Musharraf said of Rice in an interview in Islamabad with The New York Times. “The emergency is to ensure elections go in an undisturbed manner.”

Musharraf also said that Bhutto was exaggerating her popular support. “Let’s start the elections and let’s see whether she wins,” Musharraf told the Times…

In case anyone still doubted to whom Ms. Bhutto is playing:

“Musharraf knows how to crack down against pro-democracy forces,” Bhutto wrote in an op-ed piece published Wednesday in the Washington Post.

And notice how many of her supporters’ signs are written in English.

Ms. Bhutto knows that the Western media and their allies the terrorists are her only hope. Which is of course why she doesn’t want elections.

She wants a coronation by proclamation.

Sort of like what Mrs. Clinton wants. (And is getting.)

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, November 14th, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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