Bhutto Inspires Hope, Doubts

Is the prodigal PM Pakistan's saving grace, or simply power hungry?
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 11, 2007 3:13 PM CST
Pakistan's former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto addresses diplomats at the Parliament in Islamabad, Pakistan on Saturday, Nov. 10, 2007. Pakistan sought to allay criticism of its against government opponents...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – The inconsistencies in Benazir Bhutto's stance on Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf have stirred misgivings among many who wonder what her real intentions are. Bhutto, honored by Parliament at a reception yesterday, has exaggerated the numbers of followers at recent rallies and seems to some to have been making back-room deals with Musharraf, reports the New York Times.

Bhutto's history is at once revered and sketchy—the heir of Pakistan's most democratic PM, she herself has behaved autocratically and been mired in scandal. But the political dance between Bhutto and Musharraf has grown so calculated that some now see it as a diversion from the very serious problem of Islamic extremism that Pakistan faces.