Pakistan readies caretaker gov't to prepare elections

President Gen. Pervez Musharraf and his aides were finalizing a caretaker government Thursday, while his two opposition rivals opened talks on forming an alliance against him. November 15 marks the end of the current Parliament's five-year term. Musharraf's concurrent presidential mandate also expires Thursday, though he has extended it by calling a state of emergency that has cast Pakistan into a deep political crisis. The caretaker administration will be charged with guiding Pakistan toward parliamentary elections to be held by January 9.