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Musharraf casts aside pressure for snap decision on Bhutto deal

Musharraf casts aside pressure for snap decision on Bhutto deal

Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf yesterday rejected pressure from former Pakistan premier Benazir Bhutto to make a snap decision on a power-sharing deal that would see him quit as army chief.
Bhutto said she needed to know by the weekend if Musharraf, who is under fierce pressure to give up his military role, would agree to a pact that would also allow her to return from self-imposed exile.
"While the president believes in dialogue and deliberations on all important issues he never works under any pressure or ultimatum," Musharraf's spokesman, retired Major General Rashid Qureshi, said.
"The president would take all decisions only in national interest at appropriate times according to the constitution and law," he said in the first official reaction from Musharraf's camp on talks in London.
The sticking point between Bhutto and Musharraf's representatives has been whether the president will shed his uniform before he stands for re-election by parliament in September or October, political sources said.
But Bhutto said in a series of interviews that most issues had been resolved with Musharraf, who has kept his army position since seizing power of the Islamic republic of 160 million people in a bloodless coup in 1999.


Updated : 2021-05-07 22:18 GMT+08:00