World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search

 

Pakistan Plans To Hold General Elections On Jan. 8


By Anjana Pasricha
New Delhi

Pakistan Plans to Hold General Elections on Jan. 8

Pakistan's caretaker prime minister says the government has no immediate plans to postpone general elections scheduled for January 8. The announcement came a day after the assassination of prominent opposition leader Benazir Bhutto plunged the country into turmoil, and triggered violent protests. From New Delhi Anjana Pasricha has a report.

Caretaker Prime Minister Mohammadmian Soomro said Friday "elections stand as they were announced." He said any decision to delay the January 8 vote will only be made after consultation with all political parties.

Speculation the elections could be postponed follows the assassination of opposition leader Benazir Bhutto Thursday in Rawalpindi.

The killing has prompted another opposition leader, former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, to announce his party will boycott the elections

Sharif says the attack shows that Pakistan cannot hold free and fair elections under President Pervez Musharraf. He says there can be no peace under his leadership.

Meanwhile, violent protests over Ms. Bhutto's assassination continue in several cities.

President Musharraf has blamed terrorists for the attack and vowed to root out Islamic extremism in Pakistan.

ENDS

Latest World News | Top World News | World Digest | Archives | RSS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
World Headlines

 

North Korea: NZ Denounces Missile Test

Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters has denounced North Korea’s latest ballistic missile test. The test, which took place this morning, is North Korea’s third test flight of an inter-continental ballistic missile. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: Zimbabwe - Meet The New Bosses

At 75, Mnangagwa is not exactly what you’d call a new broom. As many observers have pointed out, his track record has been one of unswerving dedication to Mugabe ever since the days of anti-colonial insurgency... To these guys, things had to change in Zimbabwe, so that things could remain the same. More>>

ALSO: