Pakistan: Bhutto Guarded To Prevent Rally
Bhutto has been placed under unofficial house-arrest to prevent her from coordinating opposition to Musharraf’s emergency rule, as
Below is an article published by the BBC:
Pakistani security forces have cordoned off the
No warrant for her arrest has been issued, but the authorities have vowed to prevent a rally she was due to hold in the neighbouring city of
Such gatherings are outlawed under emergency rule imposed last week.
Police have been deployed in large numbers in
Officers in riot gear blocked off the road to the former prime minister's house with barbed wire on Friday [09 November 2007], with no-one being allowed in or out.
Pakistani Deputy Information Minister Tariq Azim told the BBC that she was "neither under house arrest nor detained" but was being held "for her own security".
Police say suicide bombers were planning to target the
"She is being asked not to take out this rally or procession in view of the security threats that we have and keeping in mind what happened (on) 18 October ," Mr Azim said.
Police have blocked main roads into
Ms Bhutto had vowed to go ahead with the
On Thursday  Gen Musharraf pledged that he would hold parliamentary elections by 15 February  - a month later than scheduled.
He also renewed a promise to quit as head of the army, if and when the Supreme Court validated his recent election as president for another term.
However, Ms Bhutto dismissed his words as "vague".
"This is yet another vague announcement. We want him to hang up his uniform by 15 November ," she said.
Gen Musharraf announced his decision to hold elections after coming under pressure from US President George W Bush.
The general imposed a state of emergency on Saturday [03 November 2007], blaming militant violence and an unruly judiciary.
On Wednesday [07 November 2007], Mr Bush telephoned the Pakistani leader to urge him to call off the state of emergency and stand down as head of the army.
But he also noted that Gen Musharraf had been an "indispensable ally".
A media blackout is again in force a day after it was eased - with international channels like the BBC and CNN temporarily allowed back on air on Thursday [08 November 2007].
Meanwhile the man sacked by Gen Musharraf as chief justice of the Supreme Court, Iftikhar Chaudhry, has called on Pakistanis to forget their differences and stand up for the supremacy of the constitution.
Speaking to the BBC, Justice Chaudhry said an independent judiciary was essential for democracy:
"The new chief justice and judges do not have a lawful constitutional position. As far as running any sort of campaign on the streets is concerned, our campaign will be run by the 160 million people of