On Edge in Pakistan

Political wrangling intensified in Pakistan ahead of the country’s October 6 presidential elections.

The country’s Supreme Court announced a potentially major setback for President Pervez Musharraf’s reelection bid, saying elections can take place as planned but that no winner will be announced until after a court ruling determines whether Musharraf can legally run while still leading the Pakistani military.

Meanwhile, the drama surrounding the potential return of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, in exile in London, took another twist as Musharraf granted Bhutto amnesty on corruption charges if she returns to Pakistan. Bhutto had resisted a deal pending the passage of a National Reconciliation Ordinance she and her party hoped to solidify with Musharraf. Some local press report that deal too has been finalized.


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