24 November, 2020

It’s Yesterday Once More

With Benazir Bhutto’s dismissal, political uncertainty once again takes over Pakistan. And many wonder if the February 3 elections will be held as announced.

It’s Yesterday Once More

AFTER completing her paperwork at 1.30 am on November 5, Pakistan Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto was about to retire for the night when she was told that all airports in the country had been sealed. She immediately rang up President Farooq Ahmed Khan Leghari to check whether this was being done on his orders. "Yes, I have decided to dismiss your government and dissolve assemblies under Article 58(2)-B. A written order is on its way to you," came Leghari’s curt reply.

Thus ended Benazir’s second stint in power in eight years. While on both occasions, the main charges were rampant corruption, deteriorating law and order and failing to run the government in accordance with the Constitution, this time Leghari went a step further. He accused the Benazir government of extra-judicial killings, especially in Karachi, her insinuations implicating the Presidency and the armed forces in connection with the murder of Murtaza Bhutto on September 20, and bugging the phone lines of judges and high ranking military and civil officers....



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