Benazir – Musharraf deal in making?

During recent national blackout, there were two rumours spread across the country. One was that a coup has been made against Musharraf and other was about desolution of Parliment and sacking of Prime Minister. Makhdoom Amin Fahim, chairman of ARD and leader of PPPP, was labelled as the new/interim Prime Minister. But, as things returned to normalcy, the speculation died down.

A recent news report has however brought the dead back from grave. According to The News, the case against Chairperson Pakistan People’s Party Benazir Bhutto and her spouse Asif Ali Zardari in the Swiss court has been adjourned for the time being on the request of the Government of Pakistan.

The Swiss court had set September 26 as the date for hearing but it was postponed for the time being with no fresh date for hearing of the case.

Benazir reached London from Dubai to proceed to Geneva to face the Swiss court. Incidentally her presence in London coincides with the expected visit of President Pervez Musharraf to the British capital. This coincidence has given rise to speculations of all sorts.

Zardari, who made headlines while he was in jail in Pakistan, does not now seem to be politically active. He is rather staying in New York after his heart surgery and does not issue statements on any national issue. Sources in the PPP are of the view that Zardari was asked by the party chairperson to remain quite for the time being and that explains his silence.


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