28 November, 2020

The President's Shock Therapy

Forced on the backfoot by an insistent President Leghari, Benazir Bhutto tries to put her house in order

The President's Shock Therapy
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DEFIANT pronouncements notwithstanding, Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto is struggling to survive. Having just received shock treatment from a firm President Farooq Ahmed Khan Leghari, who was unhappy with her style of governance, Benazir’s first priority is to check rampant corruption and establish a clean government—and then look at other factors working to her detriment: disastrous economic policies, for example.

Forced by Leghari to introduce a proper mechanism to check corruption, the opposition’s main plank for seeking her ouster, Benazir had to think double quick to initiate some steps to bring a semblance of transparency in governance. At the centre of the corruption charges is Benazir’s husband, Asif Zardari, a minister who has been accused of making money through kickbacks and commissions.

After several meetings with Leghari, both Benazir and opposition leader Nawaz Sharif presented their respective bills of accountability in Parliament. Scoring a point against Sharif, Benazir proposed across-the-board accountability, where not even the president, prime...

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