Bhutto under house arrest then released

The violence in Pakistan is a huge problem. Pervez Musharraf is trying to keep a lid on things by clamping down. One of the many things that don’t make sense is the fact that Musharraf allowed Benazir Bhutto to return to Pakistan. Why? Unless he was behind the bombing, the assassination attempt. She is clearly a threat to his power. So, he puts her under house arrest for less than a day then lets her out. Was there too much blow back? Did he beleive that she would calmly sit in her house and not say or do anything? I don’t get it.

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From MSNBC:

Opposition leader Benazir Bhutto described Pakistan on Saturday as a pressure cooker about to explode, as President Pervez Musharraf’s government tightened screws on media by ordering out three British journalists.

Having invoked emergency powers a week ago, Gen. Musharraf has sacked most of the country’s judges, put senior ones under house arrest, and ordered police to round up most of the opposition leadership and anyone else deemed troublesome.

He has also placed curbs on media. Private news channels are off the air and transmissions by the BBC and CNN have been blocked, though newspapers are publishing freely. (more…)

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