Friday, November 9

Rule Number One: Do not make a superpower look like a fool on the world stage if the superpower is your only support

Pakistan's President Musharraf has made a fatal mistake by putting Benazir Bhutto under house arrest and arresting 5,000 of her followers simply to prevent their march in protest of his policies. So, despite Bhutto's shouted assurances to those gathered near her house, it's not "okay" -- not anymore.
ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistani opposition leader Benazir Bhutto returned to her residence in Islamabad after police blocked her way after she tried leaving to attend a rally against President Pervez Musharraf on Friday.

"The government has been paralysed," Bhutto shouted to supporters across a barbed wire barricade using a megaphone. Two buses and an armoured personnel carrier blocked the road outside her house.

"If he restores the constitution, takes off his uniform, gives up the office of the chief of army staff and announces an election by Jan. 15 then it's okay," she said, adding that she would defy Musharraf if he didn't meet her demands.
Nov 10 Update
Yup, he backpedaled fast. Bhutto was freed today from house arrest.
9:00 PM Update
ABC's Martha Raddatz was outside Benazir Bhutto's house when supporters tried to get Bhutto out of her compound in today's confrontation with the police. Martha reported on ABC World News Tonight (6:30 PM ET) that barbed wire and police trucks remain outside Bhutto's house and that Bhutto would be detained at her compound for three days. This contradicts earlier reports that Mrs. Bhutto was now free to leave her compound.
2:30 PM Update
Musharraf backpedals fast
I guess he remembered Rule Number One but this might have come too late:
ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistani opposition leader Benazir Bhutto was freed from house arrest late on Friday, hours after she was stopped from leaving her Islamabad home to lead a rally against the president's imposition of emergency rule.

"The detention order has been withdrawn," said Aamir Ali Ahmed, Acting Deputy Commissioner of Islamabad.

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