July 28, 2007


Musharraf and Bhutto 'secret talks' (Press Association, Jul 28, 2007)

Reports of the meeting come amid intense speculation that Musharraf would seek Bhutto as an ally in his plans to seek reappointment from legislators for another term.

The plans face constitutional hurdles, weakening the hand of Musharraf, an army general who seized power in 1999 and who is a key US ally in the fight against terrorism.

The talks faltered when Bhutto, who leads the Pakistan People's Party from self-imposed exile in London, refused to agree to support Musharraf if he did not resign from the military, Geo television reported, citing unnamed sources.

A potential deal would include changing part of Pakistan's constitution that blocks Bhutto from becoming prime minister again, The Nation and other newspapers reported.

There's no need to be a general when you're the commander-in-chief.

Posted by Orrin Judd at July 28, 2007 8:05 AM
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