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Benazir convenes meet to finalise poll plans

india Updated: Jul 19, 2006 14:59 IST
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A section of the Pakistan People's Party (PPP) fear rigging in parliamentary polls, despite assurances against it by President Pervez Musharraf, and wants to advise party chief Benazir Bhutto against participating.

However, the majority of the party members are for a vigorous participation, The News said.

Divided on these lines, party leaders and parliamentarians have flown to London where Bhutto, twice prime minister who lives in exile, has convened a brainstorming session on Wednesday.

Those who are in favour of taking part in the elections argue that the party is emboldened by the outcome of the local civic bodies' elections.

The government has also received setbacks recently in the wake of the Supreme Court's dismissal of the privatisation of the Pakistan Steel Mill, the stock market scam and the sugar scam.

The government and its political supporters are vulnerable and failure to hold fair and free elections can only throw Pakistan into a greater crisis, the newspaper surmised.

Bhutto, along with her rival turned ally, former prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, has devised a 'Charter of Democracy' and is garnering support among political parties at home to plot a movement to oust Musharraf and his government headed by Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz.

Bhutto's confabulations come even as a sessions court issued non-bailable arrest warrants against her and her spouse, Asif Ali Zardari, for "false declaration of assets" before the Election Commission.

The court issued the orders in response to a petition by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB), which is probing corruption charges against politicians.

A complaint filed by the NAB against the accused couple alleged that they had gathered huge wealth and property in foreign countries through illegal means and corrupt practices.

The PPP denounced the issuance of warrants as "an abuse of the judicial process by the government".