Bhutto Banned From Leaving Pakistan

Ex-PM reports new death threat, will avoid public campaign rallies
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 23, 2007 4:15 PM CDT
In this picture released by Pakistan's Press Information Department President Gen. Pervez Musharraf addresses a ceremony in Gilgit, a Himalayan town about 250 kilometers (155 miles) northeast of Islamabad,...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Benazir Bhutto has been banned from leaving Pakistan, a spokesman from her political party told the BBC today. One analyst sees the move as an attempt by the Musharraf regime to gain the upper hand in power-sharing talks. Bhutto's family did not return to Pakistan with her, so she would be unable to see them.

Bhutto also reported a new death threat against her and outlined a campaign strategy for the upcoming parliamentary elections that will avoid mass gatherings in big cities. "We will not be holding public rallies," she said. Police continue to investigate last week's bombing, which killed nearly 140 people, upon Bhutto's return to the country from self-imposed exile.