Musharraf reaching out to Bhutto
Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf is reaching out to former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto despite the fact that he blames the exiled politician for the country's economic and political woes, a media report said on Monday.
Musharraf is in desperate need for moderate allies to help him shore up his pro-western government in the face of rising extremist attacks, the Newsweek magazine said quoting western diplomats.
Ironically, they might make a perfect match, they said adding personal issues aside, both politicians share a liberal, secular outlook.
"Musharraf would likely hold onto the presidency, adding some democratic credentials, and Bhutto would be allowed to return home and perhaps even play a hand in selecting the new Prime Minister," it said.
Shanghai announced its first new COVID-19 cases outside quarantined areas in five days on Friday and imposed stricter curbs in two districts, but did not signal any change to the planned end of a prolonged city-wide lockdown on June 1. Another district, Hongkou, on Friday afternoon ordered all shops to shut and residents to stay home until at least Sunday as it plans to carry out mass testing.
The New Development Bank, the Shanghai-based multilateral bank of the Brics countries, will open its first regional office in India at the Gujarat International Finance Tec-City (GIFT City) to cater to infrastructure and sustainable development needs of the country, the bank said in a statement on Friday. IRO will focus on expanding its footprint in the country with planning and implementing new projects as well as monitoring them.
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