The Pakistani government today rejected Benazir Bhutto's plan to lead a "long march" from Lahore to Islamabad starting tomorrow, Reuters reports. "Rallies and protests are banned, they are not allowed," said the information minister. Bhutto has vowed to proceed with the protest of Pervez Musharraf's emergency rule even if police intervene; CNN reported this afternoon that the ex-PM was again under house arrest.
The looming confrontation will seriously test Musharraf and Bhutto's murky relationship as "adversarial allies." Hundreds of police have massed around the Lahore home where Bhutto is staying tonight. The ex-PM has praised Musharraf's scheduling of elections for January 9 but says the state of affairs is still unacceptable. She has appealed to all of Pakistan to join the march.