K J M Varma in Islamabad
Blaming Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf for yet another "war-like situation" with India, former prime minister Benazir Bhutto has called for a political change in the country to restore peace in the region.
In a statement issued by her Pakistan Peoples Party in Islamabad, Benazir said tensions on the Indo-Pak border threaten to get degenerated into a war for the third time since
Musharraf became army chief in 1999.
"Latest tensions on the border and the threat of a potential nuclear war emphasise the need for a political change in Pakistan so that our people can once again walk with pride on the road to progress and peace," she said.
Benazir said her party was concerned that continuation of the Musharraf regime could lead to repeated tensions on the border, rise of domestic violence, violation of fundamental
human rights and threats to the rule of law as well as the economic well being of the people.
She alleged that the government was trying to "duck" responsibility by pretending that "rogue elements" were trying to destabilise the Musharraf regime.
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