Bhutto to acquire foreign security cover

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Islamabad, Oct 9: Former Pakistan Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto is likely to acquire a foreign security cover in view of the enhanced threat to her life from radical groups.

The Pakistan People's Party chief has announced to return to the country on October 18 after nine years in exile.

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''If the PPP leader does decide to obtain additional security from abroad, apart from the security that the Pakistan government would make available to her, it will be through a contract with a private Western company, of which there are many in business,'' the media reported.

Many government leaders from developing countries have opted for such arrangements in order to strengthen their security and personal safety.

Ms Bhutto has also recieved a threat from Al Qaeda last week.

However, her family, close friends and political associates are said to be of the view that in her case the policy of ''erring on the side of caution'' would be the most advisable.

Pakistan today, they say, is a dangerous place and not quite the country she left when she chose exile. A PPP spokesman said the party was seeking security measures, as it was its constitutional right to do so.


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