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Report: Bhutto has no deal with Musharraf

  |   April 23, 2007 at 4:26 PM
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, April 23 (UPI) -- A senior leader in Benazir Bhutto's party says the former Pakistani Prime Minister has not made any "power deal" with President Pervez Musharraf.

Sardar Aseff Ali Daula, a senior leader of Bhutto's Pakistan People's Party, told the Press Trust of India news agency in an interview, "I can assure you that she is not talking about doing deals."

The former Pakistani foreign minister was commenting on reports Bhutto and Musharraf may have struck made a deal that would allow the exiled leader to return to Pakistan in exchange for supporting the military leader in elections set for October. Musharraf, who took power in 1999 following a bloodless coup, is also Pakistan's military chief.

Daula told PTI Bhutto wants to ensure "Musharraf does not contest elections in the army uniform, and that they are held under an independent and strong election commission so that they are transparent and fair, just like you have in India."

He said Bhutto remains in close contact with Nawaz Sharif, who was deposed by Musharraf, despite efforts "by agencies of the government and others ... to drive a wedge between (them)."

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