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Bhutto Threatens More Protests Against Musharraf
Thursday, November 8, 2007 : In Pakistan, opposition leader Benazir Bhutto threatened to launch more protests if President Pervez Musharraf doesn't meet her demands. She is calling for Musharraf to retire his military post and adhere to Pakistan's constitution. Musharraf declared emergency rule this weekend.
Bhutto says she's prepared to organize a march from outlying Lahore to Pakistan's capital, Islamabad, in order to pressure Musharraf.
Meantime, Pakistanis say a state of fear is gripping the country.Listen Online
Thursday, November 8, 2007 : Ahmed Raza Kasuri, senior legal adviser to Pakistan's President Pervez Musharraf, tells Michele Norris that the extraordinary steps Musharraf has recently taken are no different than what the U.S. did after the Sept. 11 attacks. He says they are necessary to bring peace to the country.
Thursday, November 8, 2007 : Pakistan's President Gen. Pervez Musharraf said Thursday that parliamentary elections will be held by mid-February, a signal that the state of emergency rule he declared could soon end. Musharraf has been under growing pressure from the United States and his political opponents to end the emergency declared Saturday and hold elections in January, when they were originally scheduled.
State-run Pakistan television flashed the news that Musharraf had announced that the elections would be delayed by not more than one month after a meeting of his National Security Council.
On Wednesday, President Bush urged Pakistan's military leader to hold parliamentary elections and relinquish his military post during a 20-minute conversation. Bush said he told Musharraf, "You can't be the president and the head of the military at the same time."
"My message was very plain, very easy to understand, and that is, the United States wants you to have the elections as scheduled and take your uniform off," Bush said.
A statement from the Pakistani Foreign Ministry said Musharraf, a key U.S. ally in its war on terrorism, told Bush he "was committed to full democracy and civilian rule in the country as he had promised the people of Pakistan."
The aim of the emergency declaration is to prevent political instability, protect economic growth, and maintain the campaign against extremism and terrorism, the statement said.Listen Online