Bhutto Returns Amid Crisis

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 3, 2007 3:40 PM CDT
Benazir Bhutto, seen here in a photo earlier this week, has returned to Pakistan amid emergency rule.   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – Benazir Bhutto returned to Pakistan today after President Musharraf imposed emergency rule and suspended the constitution, the AP reports. Musharraf said the nation was at a "dangerous juncture" because of Islamic extremists, but Bhutto said "the problem is dictatorship—I don't believe the solution is dictatorship." Musharraf also replaced the nation's top judge, just before the court was to rule on the legality of his reelection win.

In a televised address to the nation, Musharraf said he imposed emergency rule because Islamic extremism is spreading in the country, and he criticized the court for restricting the government's ability to fight it. Earlier, the court refused to endorse his emergency declaration. Musharraf has blacked out all but state-run media, and most phone lines in the capital are down.