30 July, 2021

Benazir At Break-point

Against a collapsing economy, corruption and sectarian violence, the Opposition raises its pitch

Benazir At Break-point

THREE years into her five-year term, Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto is surrounded by a sea of trouble. Even a few months ago, she seemed fairly comfortably ensconced . Now she is fighting on many fronts—the Opposition parties have decided to come out on the streets, the judiciary is in an aggressive mood, the business and industrial community is up in arms. The reasons: utter misgovernance, allegations of rampant corruption, sectarian violence. And the economy is in such a shambles that in August the International Monetary Fund told a delegation that was to sanction the next tranche of loan to Pakistan to defer its visit.

Choosing this time, President Farooq Ahmed Khan Leghari brightened Opposition hopes when he recently told a local English daily that he can take recourse to the infamous Eighth Amendment, which empowers the President to sack an elected government, in national interest. Not that the Opposition—for a long time hoping that Leghari will one day send Benazir packing—was overjoyed. For, Leghari ruled out a caretaker...

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