LONDON:The hopes of forging an alliance of convenience between General Musharraf and the former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto have come to a halt and look like coming to an end. Media quoted Pakistani officials as saying that the elections could be postponed by up to a year. “That could endanger the power-sharing pact between the Pakistani leader and Benazir Bhutto,” BBC said in a special report.
The agreement was brokered by British and US officials, and led to Ms Bhutto’s return to Pakistan last month. “If elections are postponed it could force the US to cut military aid, damaging Gen Musharraf’s standing in the army,” the report quoted Farzana Shaikh of the Chatham House foreign policy think-tank.
She said Washington might try to find a more amenable partner in the military leadership, such as Lieutenant General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani, whom Mr Musharraf has nominated as his potential successor as head of the army. Ms Bhutto says she thinks that emergency rule could delay elections by “at least one to two years”. “I very strongly feel that Pakistan’s very future as a moderate state is at stake,” she said.-SANA