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Pakistan Update: Political Deal Between Musharraf and Bhutto Imminent?

Posted by K.E. White on October 4, 2007

Fox News reports on the imminent deal between Musharraf and Bhutto:

Railways Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed, who is close to Musharraf, said an announcement of an agreement — expected to include the dropping of corruption charges against Bhutto — would come within hours. A senior official from Bhutto’s party in London also said there will be an agreement.

Neither side provided further details. The Bhutto aide spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to reveal the deal’s substance ahead of the formal announcement.

But AFP sheds light on the complicated politics of the deal between the rivals. Bhutto, while returning home, may mobilize forces against Musharraf’s re-election bid—or at least appear to do so. 

In any case, it seems Pakistani politics will remain volatile—with or without a Bhutto-Musharraf deal. 

From the AFP clip:

Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf’s government said it was optimistic about a breakthrough in talks with Benazir Bhutto despite her threat to deal his re-election bid a “severe blow”.

Former prime minister Bhutto’s opposition Pakistan People’s Party was meeting in London on Thursday to mull mass resignations by MPs, in a bid to rob the vote by federal and provincial lawmakers of any semblance of credibility.

Bhutto said that talks with military ruler Musharraf on a power-sharing deal had “totally stalled” and denied reports that the government would give her an amnesty on the corruption charges that drove her into self-imposed exile.

But officials in Islamabad said it was likely Musharraf would on Thursday issue a decree granting her immunity from the allegations — one of her key demands for a pact ahead of her planned return to Pakistan on October 18.

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