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PPPP to contest next general polls at any cost

india Updated: Dec 28, 2006 13:19 IST

The parliamentary unit of the PPP has said that the party was ready to contest general elections under President Pervez Musharraf.

PPPP (Pakistan Peoples Party Parliamentarians) Secretary-General Raja Pervez Ashraf told reporters here on Wednesday evening that the party would contest the polls at any cost.

"We will contest the elections at any cost and not leave the field open. We are monitoring the situation and if the government tries to steel the polls at any stage then we will decide our future course of action," the Daily Times quoted Ashraf as saying.

Ashraf claimed that his party would win two-thirds of seats in the general elections provided it was given a level playing field.

He warned that any bid to rig the elections by the government would lead to chaos in the country.

He further said that party chief Benazir Bhutto would be accorded a historic welcome on her return.

About the recent meeting between two former premiers - Benazir Bhutto and Nawaz Sharif - he said it was a chance meeting.

He dispelled the impression of any "deal" between the government and the PPPP.

"Our party does not believe in backdoor channels and will come into power through the ballot," he said.

Meanwhile, Sherry Rehman, information secretary of the PPPP, also said that the Shujaat-Bhutto meeting was unplanned.

The PPP secretary-general also accused the Punjab chief minister for launching a propaganda campaign against Bhutto and Nawaz Sharif.

He said the Chaudhrys of Gujrat had no future in politics. They were promoting 'family politics' in the country, he said.