Pakistan: Benazir Freed After Detention

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Pakistan’s opposition leader Benazir Bhutto was freed from house arrest late yesterday hours after Washington demanded she be released. “The detention order has been withdrawn,” said Aamir Ali Ahmed, acting deputy commissioner of Islamabad.

The two-time prime minister was earlier stopped from leaving her Islamabad home to lead a rally in the nearby city of Rawalpindi against the imposition of emergency rule by President Gen. Pervez Musharraf.

…The White House said it remained concerned about the continued state of emergency “and curtailment of basic freedoms” in Pakistan. “Former Prime Minister (Benazir) Bhutto and other political party members must be permitted freedom of movement and all protesters released,” said Gordon Johndroe, spokesman for the White House National Security Council.

Washington also urged Musharraf to set a date both for holding elections and resigning as army chief to show he means to return the country to constitutional rule.

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