Shaheed Benazir Bhutto Return to Pakistan Stay updated with Business News, Pakistan news, Current world news and latest world news with Business Recorder.. Sat, 06 Feb 2016 02:45:57 +0000 Joomla! 1.5 - Open Source Content Management en-gb Intention to return benazir-bhutto-victoryBenazir Bhutto returned to Pakistan after completing her studies only to find herself placed under house arrest in the wake of her father's imprisonment and subsequent execution.

Having been allowed to return to the United Kingdom in 1984, she became a leader in exile of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP).

For the first time in the history of Pakistan, Benazir Bhutto was the first woman to head a major political party though she was unable to make her political presence felt in Pakistan until after the death of General Zia-ul-Haq.

She had succeeded her mother as leader of the PPP and the pro-democracy opposition to the General Zia-ul-Haq regime.

Benazir Bhutto intented to return to Pakistan in 2007, which she did, in spite of Musharraf's statements of May 2007 about not allowing her to return ahead of the country's general election, due late 2007 or early 2008.

It was speculated that she may have been offered the office of Prime Minister again.



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Musharraf government’s two-term limit on prime ministers benazir-bhutto-blueIn mid-2002, Pervez Musharraf implemented a two-term limit on Prime Ministers. Both Bhutto and Musharraf's other chief rival, Nawaz Sharif, had already served two terms as Prime Minister.

In July 2007, some of Benazir's frozen funds were released. However, she continued to face significant charges of corruption.

Giving an interview on August 8, 2007, to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, she said she wanted return to Pakistan for the 2008 elections, with Musharraf retaining the presidency with her as prime minister. On 29 August 2007, she announced that Musharraf would step down as army chief. On 1 September 2007, Benazir said she would return to Pakistan "very soon", regardless of whether she reached a power-sharing deal with Musharraf before then or not.

On 17 September 2007, Benazir Bhutto accused Musharraf's allies of pushing Pakistan into crisis by their refusal to permit democratic reforms and power-sharing. A nine-member panel of Supreme Court judges deliberated on six petitions (including one from Jamaat-e-Islami,) asserting that Musharraf be disqualified from contending for the presidency.

Benazir stated that her party could join one of the opposition groups, potentially that of Nawaz Sharif. Attorney-general Malik Mohammed Qayyum stated that, pendente lite, the Election Commission was "reluctant" to announce the schedule for the presidential vote.

PPP spokesperson Farhatullah Babar stated that the Constitution of Pakistan could bar Musharraf from being elected again because he was already chief of the army.

Musharraf prepared to resign from his position as commander-in-chief of the armed forces. He still faced other legal obstacles to running for re-election. On 2 October 2007, Gen. Musharraf named Lt. Gen. Ashfaq Kayani, as vice chief of the army starting 8 October with the intent that if Musharraf won the presidency and resigned his military post, Kayani would become chief of the army.

Meanwhile, Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed stated that officials agreed to grant Benazir Bhutto amnesty versus pending corruption charges.

On 5 October 2007, Musharraf signed the National Reconciliation Ordinance, giving amnesty to Benazir and other political leaders, except exiled former premier Nawaz Sharif, in all court cases against them, including all corruption charges. The ordinance came a day before Musharraf faced the crucial presidential poll.

Both the PPP, and the ruling PML-Q, were involved in negotiations beforehand about the deal. In return, Bhutto and the PPP agreed not to boycott the presidential election. On 6 October 2007, Musharraf won a parliamentary election for President. However, the Supreme Court ruled that no winner can be officially proclaimed until it finishes deciding on whether it was legal for Musharraf to run for president while remaining Army General.

The PPP party did not join other opposition parties' boycott of the election, and did stayed away from voting. Later, Benazir demanded security coverage provided for presidents. She also contracted foreign security firms for her protection.


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2007 State of Emergency benazir-bhutto-thinkingNovember 3, 2007 was the day when President Pervez Musharraf declared a state of emergency. His reasons were actions by the Supreme Court of Pakistan and religious extremism in the nation.

Benazir Bhutto returned to Pakistan, interrupting a visit to family in Dubai, greeted by supporters chanting slogans at the airport. After staying in her plane for several hours she was driven to her home in Lahore, accompanied by hundreds of supporters. While acknowledging that Pakistan faced a political crisis, she noted that Musharraf's declaration of emergency, unless lifted, would make it very difficult to have fair elections. She commented that "The extremists need a dictatorship, and dictatorship needs extremists."

On 8 November 2007, Bhutto was placed under house arrest just a few hours before she was due to address a rally against the state of emergency.

During a telephone interview with National Public Radio in the United States, Benazir said "I have freedom of movement within the house. I do not have freedom of movement outside the house. They've got a heavy police force inside the house, and we've got a very heavy police force - 4,000 policemen around the four walls of my house, 1,000 on each. They've even entered the neighbors' house. And I was just telling one of the policemen, I said 'should you be here after us? Should not you be looking for Osama bin Laden?' And he said, 'I'm sorry, ma'am, this is our job. We're just doing what we are told.'"

The following day, the Pakistani government announced that Bhutto's arrest warrant had been withdrawn and that she was free to travel and to appear at public rallies. However, leaders of other opposition political parties remained prohibited from speaking in public.



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2008 elections benazir-bhutto-wallpaperOn 24 November 2007, Benazir Bhutto filed her nomination papers for January's Parliamentary elections. Two days later, she filed papers in the Larkana constituency for two regular seats.

When sworn in again on 30 November 2007, this time as a civilian president after relinquishing his post as military chief, Musharraf announced his plan to lift Pakistan's state of emergency rule on 16 December.

Bhutto welcomed the announcement and launched a manifesto outlining her party's domestic issues. Bhutto told journalists in Islamabad that her party, the PPP, would focus on "the five E's": employment, education, energy, environment, equality.

On 4 December 2007, Bhutto met with Nawaz Sharif to publicize their demand that Musharraf fulfill his promise to lift the state of emergency before January's parliamentary elections, threatening to boycott the vote if he failed to comply. They promised to assemble a committee that would present to Musharraf the list of demands upon which their participation in the election was contingent.

On 8 December 2007, three unidentified gunmen stormed Bhutto's PPP office in Balochistan.

Three of Bhutto's supporters were killed.


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