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From K. Dewan

North Finchley, London

Dear Sir

On the eastern flank of India an interim military-backed govt of Bangladesh wants the last Prime Minister, Khaleda Zia to go into exile. She is being forced to leave quietly so that leniency may be shown to her and her two sons (Tariq Rehman and Arafat Rehman). Her dear boys have been charged with corruption and graft. For her own health, and happiness of the two boys, she may go to Saudi Arabia; that comfortable dustbin for ex-prime ministers, presidents and dictators deposed from Muslim countries.

Begum No. 2 known as Mrs. Hasina Wajed, also an ex-Prime Minister, is holidaying in the West these days. She has been charged with corruption and murder of four political activists. The authorities have indicated that she is not wanted in Bangladesh and they would like her to go into exile. She wants to go back to Bangladesh to fight the accusations levied against her. The latest signal was that she is now in Bangladesh and under virtual house arrest. Begum Khaleda Zia is also being kept under these restrictions.

A thousand or so miles away, in the west, on the other side of India, another Oxford-educated Begum, known as Benazir Bhutto, also an ex-Prime Minister of Pakistan, wants to go back to her country. She had, very wisely, exiled herself some ten years ago. She had to leave Pakistan; but found that Saudi Arabia was not her cup of tea. It has rigid Islamic laws and would be suffocating for an Oxford girl to live there.

Times seem to changing. She and General Musharraf have negotiated a deal through her relatives and his officers. He could disband the Accountability Bureau who are dealing with charges of corruption agains Benazir and her husband Mr. Zardari. Legal proceedings are continuing in courts.

Now, President Musharraf wants her support to get elected as president in forthcoming elections. Her political party - The PPP- may support his election as president; but would like him to give up his post as chief of the army. They would not accept a president in military unform. The emissaries of Begum Benazie and General Musharraf seem to be having secret talks to come to certain decisions acceptable to both sides. She is desperate to go back home. These comings and goings of begums has turned the political processes in both these countries into a farce.

Yours sincerely


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