Burson reps Pakistan opposition party

WASHINGTON: Burson-Marsteller recently signed a $28,500-a-month contract through the end of June 2007 to assist the Pakistan People's Party (PPP), led by the former Pakistan prime minister Benazir Bhutto, in its efforts to foster US support for "free elections" in Pakistan.

WASHINGTON: Burson-Marsteller recently signed a $28,500-a-month contract through the end of June 2007 to assist the Pakistan People's Party (PPP), led by the former Pakistan prime minister Benazir Bhutto, in its efforts to foster US support for "free elections" in Pakistan.

Bhutto was twice prime minister of Pakistan, most recently from 1993 to 1997, when Pakistan's then-president, with backing from the military, cited a constitutional amendment to justify removal of Bhutto from office and the calling of new elections, with Nawaz Sarif subsequently taking office. Sarif was himself removed from office by a military coup in October 1999 that put Pakistan's current president, Gen. Pervez Musharraf, in control.

Burson, in cooperation with affiliates BKSH & Associates and Penn, Schoen & Berland Associates, will work to promote the PPP's views on Pakistan's current political situation to members of the Bush administration; the US Congress; think tanks such as the Brookings Institution and the American Enterprise Institute; "business elites" and members of the media in Washington, New York, the UK, and Brussels; and Pakistan expatriates living in the US, according to a filing with the Justice Department.

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