Cases against Benazir to stay: Shaukat

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Islamabad, Sep 19 (UNI) Pakistan Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz has asserted that cases against former premier Benazir Bhutto would stay as ''nobody is above the law''.

The Prime Minister said Ms Bhutto's homecoming was her own decision and she will have to face cases pending against her in the courts.

Mr Aziz, in an interview to a TV channel, clarified that the government has not entered into a deal with the Benazir Bhutto-led Pakistan People's Party, saying it was a ''dialogue process for political reconciliation'', The Nation reported.

''We are talking to her (Benazir) but do not intend to have a deal as such...ballot box will decide who forms the next government,'' he added.

The government was talking to a host of political parties for the betterment of the country, he said. ''It will be good for Pakistan if all parties agree on certain basic national issues to take Pakistan forward.'' Replying to a query, he said President Pervez Musharraf can hold two offices ''legally'' as ''it was the elected Parliament that gave him the mandate''.

Talking about the security scenario, Mr Aziz said due to the ongoing strife in Afghanistan, Pakistan was facing security problems.

He said Pakistan has deployed more troops, police personnel and paramilitary forces to prevent cross border movement.

''A stable Afghanistan is important for Pakistan as well as peace in the regio,'' he said.


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