Bhutto, under house arrest, says Musharraf must quit power

November 13, 2007 21:30


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Back under house arrest, Pakistan opposition leader Benazir Bhutto demanded President Gen. Pervez Musharraf's resignation Tuesday and opened the door to an alliance with Nawaz Sharif, who was ousted by the general in a coup eight years ago. Her call dashed Western hopes of a Bhutto-Musharraf alliance against rising Islamic extremism and narrowed the options for the U.S.-backed military ruler, facing growing international pressure to lift a state of emergency and restore democracy. Bhutto ruled out serving another term as prime minister under Musharraf and said it was now likely her Pakistan People's Party would boycott the January elections. "The expected rapprochement between Gen. Musharraf and myself which gave confidence to the international community of Pakistan being stable and secure as it moves toward democracy is now in tatters," she told The Associated Press by phone from detention in Lahore.

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