Police surrounded the home of Benazir Bhutto today hours before she planned to lead a massive anti-government march. "She is being placed under house arrest," a senior government official told Agence France Presse as soldiers surrounded her house with barbed wire. Bhutto had intended to lead a march to protest President Pervez Musharraf's imposition of emergency rule and suspension of the constitution.
"We will not allow any leader to carry out any rally," said an official. Police rounded up some 5,000 Bhutto supporters in recent days before setting up camp in riot gear around her house. "She's not going anywhere," said one officer. The police presence proves that the government "is scared of Benazir Bhutto's popularity," said an aide.