PML leadership a bunch of people with vested interest: Benazir

Islamabad, Sept 16: Former Pakistan Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto has said that the Pakistan Muslim League are a bunch of people with vested interest who do not want democracy to return to the country.

Benazir accused the PML leadership, including party president Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain of sabotaging her talks with President General Pervez Musharraf.

She said Chaudhry Hussian does not want democracy to be restored in the country, and that was the sole reason why her talks with the government failed.

The PML leadership are a bunch of people with vested interests, who do not want to see democracy restored in the country and the PPP in power. These people want to see the common lot burdened with unemployment, poverty and inflation, Benazir said in an interview to Sindh TV.

She said these people were the real anti-people forces, who were not elected by the people, but rather took usurped power using the Army’s backing.

“They are the remains of Gen Ziaul Haq’s dictatorial rule and do not want to see the PPP come to power,” Benazir said.

She said these people were afraid of their doomed future and that was why they were opposed to the PPP’s talks with the government.

She said several rounds of talks were held with the government but they were not productive.

Benazir also dispelled the notion that her return to the country was the result of any deal with the Musharraf regime.

She said the PPP could talk with parties having similar views for forming the government, as it wanted the restoration of the democracy in Pakistan in an amicable manner.

In this regard, she wanted former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to join her in the struggle to restore democracy in the country, she said.

Commenting on the current situation in the country, Benazir said the country was going through a critical time.

The situation in the tribal agency areas and in Balochistan was deteriorating. Only democracy could improve the situation and that is why she was returning to the country, she said.

Benazir also expressed hope that the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) would not create any hurdles on her arrival, adding that there were possibilities of power-sharing with the MQM after the general elections. (With Inputs from ANI)