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All Parties Defiance

10 July, 2007

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The two-day All Parties Conference (APC) concluded in London with a unanimous note asking General Pervez Musharraf to immediately resign to pave way for fair and free elections under a neutral caretaker government.

However, political observers believe that the conference could not evolve any substantial strategy to prevent General Musharraf from getting himself re-elected from the current assemblies as the PPP refused to support the option of resignations.

Various leaders were seen trying to bring the PPP on board on the issue of resignation in case President Musharraf tries to get himself re-elected by the current assemblies and also to join a united front from which to launch agitation against the military-led government.

However, the PPP succeeded in having its way, more or less as the APC declaration announces that all options, including resignations, would be used to foil Musharraf’s bid.

The declaration says that none of the participating parties will ever have any truck with the MQM and said it held General Musharraf, the governor of Sindh, the provincial government of Sindh, and the MQM responsible for the carnage carried out in Karachi on May 12 this year.

Here are a few questions
1) Are you satisfied with the outcome of the APC?
2) Is still there any possibility of a grand opposition alliance?
3) What do you think about the attitude of PPP, which is not ready to resign in case of Musharraf’s re-election by current assemblies?
4) Will ARD and MMA manage to survive in next general elections?
5) Will opposition`s unanimous viewpoint about MQM damage it politically?

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