Benazir Bhutto, leader of the Pakistan People’s Party(PPP) denounced interference by the Pakistan military intelligence in the political campaign charging they are attempting to intimidate her candidates to drop out of the election for a new parliament in January.”This is not your job to indulge in politics,” and noted the recent escape of an important terrorist from police custody as the reason the intelligence agency should be focusing on its main job of combating terrorism. Bhutto also made clear she has ended disagreements with a former political opponent, Nawaz Sharif, head of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, and both will work to defeat President Musharraf and restore democracy to Pakistan. Musharraf countered by claiming Bhutto was making up reasons why her party will lose and intends to blame military interference as a justification for her loss in the election.
The conflict goes on with charges and counter charges from all areas of the Pakistan political spectrum. Blame for the lack of trust must lie with President Musharraf who imposed martial law and got rid of the supreme court that refused to go along with his ideas. If the election ends with a Musharraf victory, there will be mass demonstrations in Pakistan and violence in one way or another.