Bhutto may return to Pak soon, says PPP leader

Bhutto may return to Pak soon, says PPP leader
Wagah, July 30 (PTI) Former Pakistan Prime Minister and Pakistan Peoples' Party leader Benazir Bhutto, at present in self-imposed exile in London, might return to the country soon, her party leader and National Assembly member Chaudhry Manzoor Ahmad said here.

"We have communicated (to the Pakistani leadership) that Bhutto is ready to end her self-imposed exile and return home at a short notice to fill the political vacuum created by the exit of her rival Nawaz Sharif," Ahmad, who was in Amritsar near here to attend an Indo-Pak seminar, told PTI.

The PPP members have raised the issue in the National Assembly and also discussed it with Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf, he said.

On the possibility of Bhutto being arrested on her return to the country, Ahmad, also President of the Trade Union of Pakistan, said "that fear stands no more". However, he pointed out that Bhutto had been "warned" by Musharraf during the elections of facing an arrest on her return to Pakistan.

There is a law in Pakistan today and PPP leaders hope that Musharraf would respect it, he added.

On the possibility of former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif returning to the country, Ahmad said "the chances are bleak but Bhutto can make it possible once she returns".

Asserting that PPP enjoys a "strong influence" in the National Assembly, he claimed that a majority of the people of Pakistan want Bhutto's return in "all circumstances".

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