* Former PM warns Opp will resign if Musharraf tries re-election by present assemblies
* Hopes Nawaz Sharif allows PML-N to fight elections
Daily Times Monitor
LAHORE: Former prime minister Benazir Bhutto has said her Pakistan PeopleĂ˘â‚¬â„˘s Party is ready to participate in general elections under President Gen Pervez Musharraf, but warned that all opposition parties would unite and quit parliament if Gen Musharraf tried to get re-elected president from the present assemblies.
In an interview with Geo television, the PPP chairperson said the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) had participated in the 2002 elections under Gen Musharraf and hoped it would do the same at the next polls.
She said Nawaz Sharif had not yet decided whether to participate.
Bhutto said her party sent proposals to the Elections Commission (EC) for free and fair elections but the EC had not responded yet, which weakened her expectations of independent elections. She said her recent meeting with PML President Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain in Dubai was a coincidence and Imran Khan had witnessed this meeting.
Ă˘â‚¬Ĺ“There was nothing clandestine between me and Chaudhry Shujaat. We just had a social conversation and Imran Khan is a witness to this meeting,Ă˘â‚¬Âť she said.
Ă˘â‚¬â€ť summons Fahim to Dubai
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan PeopleĂ˘â‚¬â„˘s Party (PPP) chairwoman and former prime minister Benazir Bhutto on Thursday summoned her deputy Makhdoom Amin Fahim to Dubai by the first available flight, Daily Times has learnt. Ă˘â‚¬Ĺ“Yes, she has called him to Dubai and he is expected to leave tonight,Ă˘â‚¬Âť PPP parliamentary secretary Izhar Amrohvi confirmed on Thursday. Ă˘â‚¬Ĺ“I spoke with Makhdoom sahib and he told me that he would be going to Dubai.Ă˘â‚¬Âť Ă˘â‚¬Ĺ“It is an important meeting and matters related to the PPPPĂ˘â‚¬â„˘s future political strategy will be discussed,Ă˘â‚¬Âť PPPP sources said on condition of anonymity. The sources said the former prime minister would also possibly discuss with her second-in-command an invitation to attend the all parties conference being organised by PML-N chief and former prime minister Nawaz Sharif. The sources said Benazir would also possibly discuss the partyĂ˘â‚¬â„˘s election plan, her return and other election-related matters including the appointment of a caretaker government. zulfiqar ghuman