Bhutto Steps Up Challenge to Emergency Rule

Protesting lawyers arrested for third day
By Jane Yager,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 7, 2007 5:14 AM CST
Police officers arrest a lawyer outside the Lahore High court in Lahore, Pakistan on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2007. Lawyers again clashed with police as Pakistan's President Gen. Pervez Musharraf's government...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – The crisis in Pakistan escalated today as opposition leader Benazir Bhutto vowed to go ahead with a protest rally against emergency rule in Rawalpindi Friday, and lawyers battled police in the streets for a third day. Bhutto challenged President Pervez Musharraf to end military rule before Nov. 9, saying she will launch a massive long march from Lahore to Islamabad Nov. 13 unless civilian rule is restored.

The mayor of Rawalpindi, a garrison city just south of Islamabad, said police would enforce the ban on protests, and told the AP  there was a "strong threat" of another suicide attack against Bhutto, who escaped a blast that killed more than 140 supporters during a procession welcoming her home from exile.