Benazir betraying people by contesting: Imran

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Lahore, Dec 2: Former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto is betraying people by not joining the election boycott to oust President Pervez Musharraf, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf chief and former cricketer Imran Khan has said.

"It is a complete case of betrayal," Khan told a foreign news agency.

"Every day she says there is pre-poll rigging, every day she says there can"t be free and fair elections. She says she doesn"t trust the caretakers, she says the emergency is illegal ... And yet she is participating and legitimising the whole process," Imran said.

He said that the boycott would isolate Musharraf and edge him out from power.

Imran said that US President George W Bush"s backing for Musharraf is compounding Pakistan"s problems.

"If they do not ask for the reinstatement of the judges, they are playing Musharraf"s game. Basically, the impression is that the Bush Administration does not want an independent judiciary, because then they won"t be able to control the government like a puppet supposedly to fight their war on terror," Imran claimed.

"This movement eventually will turn against the US too, like the Iranian revolution," he added.


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