Benazir to get security due to a former prime minister : Aziz

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Islamabad, Oct 16 (UNI) Pakistan Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz has said Ms Benazir Bhutto would be provided security due to a former prime minister upon her arrival in the country.

''Former prime ministers are entitled to security under the law and Constitution,'' Mr Aziz said.

The Prime Minister said the Pakistan People's Party (PPP) chief can come to the country, whenever she likes, as the government will not block the ''lawful arrival'' of anyone in the country.

He also categorically rejected the contention that promulgating the National Reconciliation Ordinance was part of the power sharing deal with the PPP.

''There is no understanding with any individual or specific party and the NRO is for all and was aimed at national reconciliation,'' he told a private TV channel in an interview.

The Prime Minister also made it clear that the PML would not have a poll alliance with the PPP in the forthcoming general elections, saying, ''the two parties are separate entities.'' Mr Aziz said the NRO was aimed at creating a congenial political environment in the country and getting rid of the vindictive and negative politics of the past, so that every party gets the chance to contest the next general elections freely and in a true democratic environment.

To a question, he agreed that there was a difference of opinion within the PML as well as in other parties, groups and the society, adding, the government respects views of all.

The Prime Minister said the government will respect the Supreme Court verdict on the issue of NRO.


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