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KARACHI, Pakistan—Former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto was put under house arrest today a few hours before she was to address a public protest against the imposition of emergency rule by the country's military leader, Gen. Pervez Musharraf.
Former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto was put under house arrest today and thousands of her supporters were rounded up by police in an effort to quash a mass protest against President Pervez Musharraf's declaration of emergency rule. Musharraf suspended the Constitution last Saturday.
KARACHI, PAKISTAN—Pakistan's mainstream political parties have so far failed to offer much substantial resistance to the imposition of emergency rule, with the military regime largely successful at keeping the opposition parties divided. But Pakistani political analysts believe that the situation could change in the coming days as former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, perhaps the country's most popular opposition leader, appears to be losing patience with Gen. Pervez Musharraf's declaration of emergency powers and suspension of the Constitution.
Calling the Bush administration's reaction to emergency rule in Pakistan inadequate, Sen. Joseph Biden, who chairs the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said that he is considering suspending sales of major weapons systems to Pakistan.
KARACHI, PAKISTAN—The state of emergency declared by Pakistan's military ruler, Gen. Pervez Musharraf, has plunged the country into a judicial crisis as the lawyers fraternity—which has been leading street protests for the past five days—is pledging to boycott courts being led by Musharraf's replacement judges.
KARACHI, Pakistan—It might have been Pakistani President Gen. Pervez Musharraf who mounted what many Pakistanis are calling a "coup" against the country's judiciary when he declared a state of emergency and fired the nation's chief justice on Saturday. But Washington is receiving its share of the blame from a disappointed Pakistani public, many of whom had been rooting for the country's Supreme Court in its recent challenges to Musharraf's military rule.
The declaration of emergency fuels an angry backlash—and anxieties in Washington.
Politics aside, Pakistan, Indonesia, Egypt, and Turkey have been friendly—and rewarding—to investors.
The finger-pointing goes both ways.