New parliament jinxed?
* Noted tarot card reader says new government will end in a year
* Predicts a PPP, PML-N coalition government after elections
* Says new Punjab chief minister will be from PPP
Aaj Kal Report, Daily Times, February 17, 2008
LAHORE: Noted tarot card reader Begum Shagufta Anwar has predicted that the National Assembly formed after Monday’s elections would not last more than a year and new general elections would be sought in the first quarter of 2009.
Shagufta Anwar’s earlier predictions – that President Pervez Musharraf would be re-elected in uniform, the elections scheduled for January would be postponed, Shaukat Aziz’s political career would end, and Benazir Bhutto’s life would be at extreme risk – turned out to be accurate.
Coalition government: She predicted a coalition government between the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) after the February 18 elections in the centre. She said the PPP would win 140 seats in the National Assembly, the PML-N would win 85, and PML-Quaid (PML-Q) would win 20 to 25 National Assembly seats, far less than their expectations.
Punjab: The new chief minister of Punjab would belong to the PPP, she said, although the party would not win the highest number of seats in the provincial assembly.
The PML-N would win 95 to 100 seats in the Punjab Assembly, she said, the PPP 90 to 95, and the PML-Q would win 70 to 80 Punjab Assembly seats.
A major disturbance in Punjab could result in by-elections on several constituencies of the provincial assembly, she added.
She said PML-Q President Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain would not win the elections from Sialkot. Former Defence Production minister Maj (r) Habibullah Warraich would not win from Lahore, she added, and former Trade and Commerce minister Humayun Akhtar Khan would win from one constituency and lose from the other.
Several options could emerge on how to deal with the issue of sacked judges, she said. Most of them would be restored, she predicted, but some would refuse to be reinstated.
President Musharraf’s future in politics would be determined in three or four months after the elections, Shagufta Anwar said. He must prepare himself for a turbulent ride, she added.
She said the president’s alliance with the PML-Q would have an adverse effect on his political future. He would have to face more difficulties if he did not make new allies, she added.
She said the new chief of army staff, General Ashfaq Kayani, was honest and patriotic and had no political ambitions. He had the capability to pull Pakistan out of the current political crisis, she added.