As the battle to control Pakistan heats up, President Pervez Musharraf's lawyers have asked the Swiss government to prosecute Asif Ali Zardari over decade-old corruption charges. Zardari, the widower of Benazir Bhutto and leader of the victorious Pakistan People's Party, is charged with hiding $55 million in kickbacks in a Swiss bank account. Bhutto herself faced similar charges in Switzerland before her assassination.
Swiss judges delayed a decision, and Zardari's lawyer insisted that the charges were "all political." Zardari and Nawaz Sharif, whose parties won a commanding majority in Monday's parliamentary elections, are to begin negotiations today to form a coalition government. Analysts see the Musharraf team's pressure on the corruption charges as tactical: if he can't fracture the opposition, he might see himself impeached.