Musharraf's Government Pledges to End Pakistan's State of Emergency in One Month

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (AP) _ President Pervez Musharraf's government promises to lift Pakistan's state of emergency in one month.

Musharraf declared emergency rule last weekend. He says he acted
in the interest of fighting Islamic extremists. Critics say he feared a Supreme Court ruling that could cost him power.

Since then, thousands of opponents have been arrested. TV news
stations have been taken off the air and troublesome judges have
been removed.

Chief opponent Benazir Bhutto was allowed to leave her Islamabad
compound today, a day after being placed under house arrest to keep
her from leading an anti-government rally.

She had met with party colleagues and talked to reporters, but
when she tried to visit the supreme court chief justice ousted by
Musharraf, dozens of helmeted police blocked her vehicle.

Dozens of backers who were with her chanted, ``Those holding
guns are afraid of an unarmed girl!'' Police pushed them back with
clubs and shields.

Bhutto left, too.


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