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Bhutto Now Says She Will Boycott Elections

From an elated New York Times:

Supporters of Ms. Bhutto were detained near her home in Lahore today.

Barricaded in Home, Bhutto Says President Should Resign


LAHORE, Pakistan, Tuesday, Nov. 13 — Hundreds of riot police early today blocked the opposition leader Benazir Bhutto and her supporters from making a planned long march from this eastern city 160 miles through Punjab Province to the capital, Islamabad. Ms. Bhutto, barricaded in her home here, called for the resignation of Pakistan’s president, Gen. Pervez Musharraf, in a phone interview with CNN this morning.

About 900 police officers surrounded the house where Ms. Bhutto was staying here and arrested party workers who tried to cross police lines to reach her. Riot police using barbed wire and dump trucks loaded with sand blocked off the neighborhood.

“We will definitely try to come out,” said Farzana Raja, a party spokesman, referring to street protests. “She will definitely try to come out.” Minutes later, the police arrested Ms. Raja and several dozen other party workers, and in the interview with CNN, Ms. Bhutto said, “My plans have been taken out of my hands by force.”

About 3,500 police officers were deployed around the city, and they arrested hundreds of workers from her political party today. Riot police officers were outside government buildings here as well, in anticipation of protests by Ms. Bhutto’s supporters.

Bhutto also said it was now likely that her Pakistan Peoples Party would boycott January parliamentary elections and indicated that she wanted to build an alliance with other opposition leaders, including former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, to restore democracy, The Associated Press reported.

“It seems unlikely that the Peoples Party will participate in the upcoming elections,” Bhutto said by telephone to a group of reporters…

Gee, what a shock, huh?

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