U.S. Envoy Meets with Musharraf, Talks to Bhutto

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (AP) _ A top U.S. envoy has met with
Pakistan's President Pervez Musharraf, hoping that some face-to-face diplomacy will convince him to moveback toward democracy.

The trip by U.S. Deputy Secretary of State John Negroponte
is viewed as a last best chance to calm the political turmoil that has followed the emergency rule Musharraf decreed two weeks ago.

Negroponte and Musharraf met for more than two hours Saturday. U.S.
officials have not commented on what was said, but a Pakistani
official says Musharraf assured the American that the emergency
orders were necessary in advance of peaceful elections.

The official also says Pakistan's deputy army commander sat in
on today's meeting. It's expected he'll be taking on the role of
military chief when Musharraf gives it up to begin a second term as
president.
Earlier today, Negroponte spoke by phone with Benazir Bhutto. The former prime minister has been leading opposition to Musharraf's emergency rule.


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