Can Bhutto's Alliance Succeed?

Ties to West, Musharraf counter ex-PM's charisma
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 18, 2007 6:40 PM CDT
Pakistan's former prime minister Benazir Bhutto is rescued from her truck after a bomb explosion in Karachi, Pakistan on Thursday, Oct 18, 2007. Two explosions went off near the vehicle carrying former...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – The murderous blasts that rocked Benazir Bhutto's homecoming rally in Karachi today underscored the uncertainty of a successful return for the deposed Pakistani leader, the Christian Science Monitor reports. The Supreme Court offers dual threats: It could nullify Bhutto's amnesty on old corruption charges or void Pervez Musharraf's recent presidential victory, rendering pointless the power-sharing deal Bhutto negotiated with him.

The alliance, if successful, has its own pitfalls: Cozying up to pro-American Musharraf has alienated the middle class that supported Bhutto in the past as a left-of-center candidate. A national survey says Bhutto is less popular than Musharraf nemesis Nawaz Sharif, but her rural origins and lower-class deification of her father may propel her to PM of a coalition government.