Last week’s poll closed yesterday with interesting results. Despite Sen. Obama‘s recent hint at a U.S. intervention in Pakistan, the majority of CHUP readers still felt he should be the next U.S. president (48%). Only 20% of those who participated in the poll answered Sen. Clinton, while 16% responded that Sen. McCain should be the next man in the White House. Either our readers have immensely forgiven Obama for what some may call his “harsh” words against Pakistan, or he’s just a more viable option than the other presidential front-runners.
In this week’s poll, I wanted to touch on the significant developments related to the assassinated former PM Benazir Bhutto‘s party – the Pakistan People’s Party, or the PPP. Yesterday, [see February 5 post] news sources revealed the contents of Bhutto’s political will, which was reportedly read to party leaders during her funeral but was released yesterday to “end any doubts about Bhutto’s wishes about the leadership of the party.” According to news sources yesterday, Bhutto, in her will, called for her husband, Asif Ali Zardari, to lead the party. Although the Dawn reported yesterday that Zardari indicated he may be the next PM if the PPP wins the Feb. 18th elections, an article in the Hindu today disputed the claim, reporting Zardari said he has “no intention” of attaining the post, noting instead the party would decide its leader.This week’s poll seeks to survey your views on who should lead the party – should it be Zardari, widely seen as a divisive figure for the party, his son, Bilawal Bhutto, still a student in England, or even Bhutto’s estranged 25 year old niece Fatima, well-known for writing and articulate opinions in Pakistan. There are also Makhdoom Amin Fahim – the Vice Chairman of the party, who is the expected PM candidate, and Aitzaz Ahsan – the prominent Pakistani lawyer who was recently put under house arrest [see February 3rd post].
A good side note: Zardari’s op-ed piece in today’s LA Times.