Originally published on 17th
An Interview With Benazir
Muzammal Hussain Abid
Originally published on Victory News
The Chairperson of PPP
and ex Prime Minister of Pakistan Benazir Bhutto said we will win clean a sweeping victory in the coming elections.
Ms Benazir: "This regime can not stop me or my party from
coming into power", she said in giving an interview
to VN Pakistan's Content Editor Rai Muzammal Hussain Abid.
VN: Do you think that the Pakistan regime will allow you to
take part in the coming election?
Ms Benazir: "The military regime will do its best to stop me
through its edicts and other non constitutional means. Their
activities throw into question the entire credibility of the
electoral process. Pakistan needs peace to build stability
inside the country and on its borders."
VN: Can you afford to return to Pakistan when this regime is
using its whole power to isolate you from Pakistan politics?
Ms Benazir: "There are risks involved in returning. If I can
contest, I would like to go back."
VN: Pakistan's public is waiting for you. When will you
Ms Benazir: "I wish I could answer. My participation depends on a
host of factors, some of which are beyond my control. I will
make an announcement before returning."
VN: Your views about the war on terrorism ?
Ms Benazir: "It's necessary to end the forces of militancy,
extremism and terrorism. Stability and security of Pakistan
and the South Asian world, as well as its prosperity, depends
on ensuring harmony between people, races and religions."
VN: Will you join (PPP) MAA (Muttahida Majlis Ammal) in the
Ms Benazir: "The answer to this can be given by the four Ps. That
is the PPP."
VN: What is your stand on the Kashmir issue in the present
Ms Benazir: "After September 11th, the world community was
unprepared to distinguish between a freedom struggle by an
occupied people and terrorism. Occupied people need to keep
this in mind when devising strategies to achieve their
I believe that we should follow a peaceful and political
solution with the Kashmir dispute. PPP proposes that without
prejudice to the U N Security Council Resolutions, India and
Pakistan negotiate safe and open borders to unite the
Kashmiris socially. Dialogue between India and the Kashmiri
All Parties Hurriyat Conference as well as with the APHC and
Pakistan could help in confidence building steps.
VN: Will PPP win a majority in the elections.
Ms Benazir: "Yes. Most certainly PPP would sweep a fair election.
The People of Pakistan want a government that is responsive to
the poor and needy and helps end suffering and misery."
Author: Allama Rai
Muzammal Hussain Abid
Muzammal Hussain Abid
Chief Editor: Hj Nurzaynab El-Fatah
Production: Hj S. Abidin
17th August, 2002 on Victory News
Modification Date: 2nd
February, 2009/ 6 Safar, 1430
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