Paksitan’s Bhutto fights back after house arrest

Freed from house arrest, Pakistani opposition leader, Benazir Bhutto has had a busy day, attending anti-government rallies and demanding an end to the country’s state of emergency.
The former prime minister joined journalists protesting over press restrictions as three British reporters were given 72 hours to leave the country for using bad language.

Bhutto was placed under house arrest on Friday, preventing her from attending a rally of her Pakistan Peoples’ Party.

Despite her new-found freedom of movement, a police barricade stopped her visiting the home of deposed chief justice Iftikhar Chaudhry.

He is still subject to a detention order and a number of other judges have been sacked since President Pervez Musharraf declared a state of emergency last week.

“It seems that the regime has decided to put barbed wire and barricades to stop my visit to the chief justice. I am calling for the release of the chief justice and all the judges of the Supreme Court of Pakistan,” Bhutto told journalists outside Chaudhry’s home.

Musharraf has indicated he may lift the state of emergency within a month, but unrest by Bhutto’s supporters could give him an excuse not to.

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