Agencies inciting defections from PPP: Benazir
* PPP chairwoman says Aitzaz should clarify whether he is with PPP or with former CJP
* Says military regimes responsible for social ills
QUETTA: Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Chairwoman Benazir Bhutto on Sunday accused secret agencies of pressing her party leaders to change their loyalties ahead of the general elections.
Speaking at a press conference at the end of her two-day visit to Quetta, she said President Pervez Musharraf was not justified in asking political parties not to make pre-poll rigging allegations because many of her party leaders were already being approached by the secret agencies to give up their party affiliations.
Such actions, she said, amounted to pre-poll rigging which would seriously undermine the polls’ credibility. “If the role of the intelligence agencies is not curtailed, it may lead to a civil war and serious political turmoil in the country,” she said.
She demanded that the role of the intelligence agencies in politics should end.
Aitzaz: She said, “PPP leader Aitzaz Ahsan should respect the party decision regarding the elections. He has to clarify whether he is loyal to the party or to the former chief justice supporting the polls boycott decision,” she questioned.
Past military governments: She held the past military governments responsible for the increasing sectarian violence, inflation and political instability in Pakistan. She also visited the house of late Nawab Akbar Bugti, and offered condolences to his son, Talal Akbar Bugti.
She warned if the ongoing military operation in Balochistan was not stopped immediately, it would compel the Baloch people to secede from the federation.
She said some former federal ministers had asked her for party tickets, NNI reported.
To a question regarding nationalist parties boycotting the polls, she said boycotting the polls in the current situation amounted to deepening the crisis. staff report/agencies
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