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Bhutto Rejects Musharraf Request to Delay Return To Pakistan

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The party of Pakistan's former prime minister, Benazir Bhutto, has rejected a call from President Pervez Musharraf to delay her return from exile, insisting she will land in Pakistan as planned next week.

Wednesday, Mr. Musharraf urged Ms. Bhutto to postpone her return until the Supreme Court rules on the legality of his landslide victory in Saturday's controversial presidential elections.

A spokesman for Ms. Bhutto says she will return from self-imposed exile as scheduled on October 18th. President Musharraf and Ms. Bhutto have been in talks on a possible power-sharing deal.

Last week, General Musharraf granted amnesty to Ms. Bhutto and other politicians, clearing the way for such an agreement.

The amnesty will allow Ms. Bhutto, who is charged with corruption, to return to Pakistan without fear of being arrested.

Ms. Bhutto served as Pakistan's prime minister in 1988 to 1990 -- and again in 1993 to 1996. She says she will lead her Pakistan People's Party to victory in parliamentary elections set to take place in January 2008.
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