Pakistan Ends Bhutto Detention

Musharraf lifts house arrest, prepares for US diplomat
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 15, 2007 7:29 PM CST
Pakistani opposition leader Benazir Bhutto adjusts her shawl during a press conference in Lahore, Pakistan on Sunday, Nov. 11, 2007. (AP Photo/K M Chaudary)   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Benazir Bhutto has been released from house arrest and her detention orders withdrawn just hours before Pakistan's President Perzez Musharraf swears in an interim government of his choosing and a US diplomat arrives for talks, Reuters reports. "She is free to move wherever she likes," said a police official. Bhutto had been detained—again—since Tuesday, to prevent her from attending a demonstration opposing emergency rule.

Bhutto's release comes as Musharraf gets set to swear in a close ally as interim prime minister to govern until January elections. John Negroponte, deputy secretary of state, is due to arrive tomorrow to press the US case for a resumption of civilian rule. Bhutto today ruled out any power-sharing deal with Musharraf, and 3 people were killed in protests in Karachi.