Baring any unforeseen circumstance, former Pakistani Prime Minister, Benazir Bhutto, will return to her country today having been away for several years, on self-imposed exile. Already, the strongwoman of Pakistani politics has confirms that she will end her over eight years of self-imposed exile in Dubai and london today.
If she returmns home today as promised, this implies she has ignored President Pervez Musharraf’s appeal that she should for now delay her return home until the Supreme court decides on whether he is eligible to be president for another trem.
Although both Musharraf and Bhutto have for sometimes been engeged in power-sharing talks, many wonder if there is any correlation between the return of Bhutto to the country after several years in exile abroad and the decision of the Supreme Court concerning the re-election of the embattled Musharrat who has become increasingly unpopular and is also facing a growing threat from militants.
However, pro-Taleban fighters have vowed to assassinate him and Bhutto. Bhutto left the country to escape court cases involving corruption allegations, which she has continuously denied. Musharraf was reported to have won the controversial October 6 presidential election after opposition deputies in the national and provincial assemblies-which choose the president, either boycotted or abstained from the vote.
However, the Supreme Court said that he could not be officially declared the winner until it has finished rulling on objections to his candidacy. The principal objection is that Musharraf was not still being head of the military.
That led to him asking Bhutto to delay her return until the uncertianty over the election has been clarified. But Bhutto told journalists in Dubai yesterday that she would go ahead with her return home as scheduled, adding that there was nothing that would stop her plan.