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Bhutto gets UK, US backing on 'power' deal

The former Pak premier Bhutto has won British and American backing for her efforts to enter into a power-sharing 'deal' with Musharraf.

world Updated: Sep 01, 2007 13:36 IST

Former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto has won British and American backing for her efforts to enter into a power-sharing 'deal' with the Islamic nation's embattled President Pervez Musharraf before the general elections, according to a British daily.



For the first time since 2005, Bhutto had a meeting with British Foreign Secretary David Miliband here yesterday in the wake of her claims that Musharraf had agreed to shed his uniform before the presidential polls as part of the 'deal', which the President reportedly rejected.



While the chief of Pakistan People's Party described her encounter with Miliband as "positive", other party leaders termed it as "helpful", 'The Daily Telegraph' reported today.



"I was very pleased to have had the opportunity to meet with the Foreign Secretary to discuss a range of issues, including the upcoming election," the former self-exiled Premier was quoted as saying.



Even a British Foreign Office spokesman yesterday said: "The meeting this morning discussed the future internal political situation but it's up to the parties themselves to negotiate the way forward."



However, the spokesperson refused to comment whether Britain was pressurising Musharraf to seal the pact with the former Premier, which will ensure her return from self-exile to contest parliamentary polls and his bid to seek re-election from the present assemblies in the Islamic nation.



It may be mentioned that the White House had also recently put its weight behind Bhutto, calling on Musharraf to honour "commitments in the past" to resign from the army leadership, clearly indicating the arrangement between the two leaders would be the best for Pakistan.