ATP POLL Redeaux: Benazir-Musharraf Deal

Posted on July 27, 2007
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Adil Najam

This seems to have suddenly become a news-heavy day. Lal Masjid blast on teh one hand and now Musharraf-Benazir meetings. The News reports on this:

The second round of meeting between President General Pervez Musharraf and former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto is underway here, the reliable sources said. The first round of the meeting lasted for about lasted for 55 minutes and it was a short a meeting. The ISI chief, some personalities of Arab countries and western diplomats also attended the meeting, the other sources said. Although the details of the meeting were not issued, however, the reports said that Musharraf and Benazir discussed important issues including current political situation in Pakistan.

“If Musharraf-Benazir meeting has been held it could be the final round of PPP-government talks and it is hoped that this meeting will have long-term positive impact on the politics of Pakistan, said Federal Minister for Railways Sheikh Rashid Ahmed while commenting on the meeting. Meanwhile, the reports said that Musharraf will also hold meeting with former Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif and Chief Minister Punjab Shahabaz Sharif in Saudi Arabia during the second leg of Musharraf’s visit. However, the PML (N) sources have rejected the reports of Musharraf-Nawaz meeting.

Things are still too much in flux and too complicated to comment meaningfully on this. Much coming from the insta-pundits is still either the restatement of their already known positions that they now churn out as spin, or is entirely speculative. So, we will wait to see how the dust settles. But it is quite clear that the dust has been kicked and things are in flux. Abb ount kis karwat baithay ga?

In order to get a sense of the pulse of ATP on this issue we are asking the same poll question about a BB-Musharraf deal we did back in April. Let us see what you have to say now.

76 responses to “ATP POLL Redeaux: Benazir-Musharraf Deal”

  1. KAWA1 says:


    The answer lies in continuation of democratic process. It takes nations years of struggle for true democracy to evolve. Today Javed Hashmi spoke in an interview with BBC that PML (N) should hold elections within the party and PML is not be be a cult of any individual or family.

    The same will happen with PPP or MQM with single individual leading forever and will not be able to claim titles like “Pir” or Quaid or whatever BB has herself called for lifetime ..

    There is no magic wand that will change everyone. First step was good; Free Judiciary, Second step better; Doctrine of Necessity buried forever, lets hope for the third one; Absolute Free and Fair elections and let the people of Pakistan be the masters of their destiny and choose who so ever they want. Not have a scoundrel General/Generals bring in imported PM’s to impose on the people.

    In the city I live in, I would accept the most corrupt elected “nazim” to be responsible for my city then have a FSC 3rd Division pass SHO to rule me (out of question), I meant rule the city I live in, by force!

    Only shameless people are ruled by dictators. Proud nations reject tyrants because every tyrant is a “mouse” in reality and hide in spider holes when his life is at stake (Saddam Hussain being a prime example).

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