As Election Ruling Looms, Bhutto Leaves Pakistan

Ex-PM changes her mind and flies to family in Dubai
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 1, 2007 10:20 AM CDT
Pakistan's former prime minister Benazir Bhutto addresses a news conference at her residence in Karachi, Pakistan on Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2007. Ending days of confusion, Bhutto has left the country and...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Ending days of confusion after the assassination attempt that killed more than 100 of her supporters, Benazir Bhutto has left Pakistan and flown to Dubai to see her family. Bhutto had postponed her trip for fear that that the government might impose a state of emergency in her absence, making her return difficult. But she reversed course today, the Guardian reports.

Pakistan's Supreme Court is said to be close to a verdict on whether Pervez Musharraf's presidential victory earlier this month was valid. Decisions could come as soon as tomorrow on petitions both to void the vote and to end the exile of Nawaz Sharif, the ex-PM who was thwarted in a September return attempt. Opposition figures fear Musharraf might resort to a state of emergency if the court rules against him.