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

 

Bhutto Prepares To March Against Emergency Rule


Pakistan's Bhutto Prepares 'Long March' Against Emergency Rule

Pakistan says opposition leader and former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto will not be allowed to hold a Lahore-to-Islamabad motorcade protest against emergency rule.

Deputy Information Minister Tariq Azeem says rallies and protests are banned under the state of emergency. He says the ban is also designed to protect her against terrorist attacks.

Police have been deployed around the residence in Lahore where Ms. Bhutto is staying.

Ms. Bhutto said earlier she would depart Tuesday with her protest caravan to pressure President Pervez Musharraf to restore the constitution and resign as army chief of staff. The motorcade was to begin in Lahore and end a few days later in the capital, Islamabad.

Riot police prevented Ms. Bhutto from addressing a rally in Rawalpindi on Friday, surrounding her home in Islamabad with barbed wire and barricades.

Ms. Bhutto was the target of a twin suicide attack in Karachi just hours after she returned to Pakistan in October, ending eight years of exile. She was not hurt, but nearly 140 people were killed.

While she welcomed President Musharraf's announcement on Sunday that parliamentary elections will be held by January ninth, she vowed she would continue to rally her supporters, saying elections will be meaningless if held under a state of emergency.

General Musharraf has said he will step down as army chief and be sworn in as a civilian president as soon as Pakistan's Supreme Court rules on legal challenges to his October election victory.

The previous Supreme Court was disbanded under his emergency declaration, which also resulted in the arrests of thousands of opposition activists and a blackout of independent news broadcasts.

ENDS

More: Latest World News | Top World News | World Digest | Archives

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
World Headlines

 


Save The Children: World Leaders Urged To Halt Escalating Hunger Crisis

A group of 120 non-governmental organisations has joined forces in an open letter calling on world leaders to do more to halt a devastating global hunger crisis as new analysis shows the number of people likely to be in need of humanitarian aid in 2022 could rise by 17%...More>>

WMO: Another La Niña Impacts Temperatures And Precipitation – But Not Climate Change
La Niña has developed for the second consecutive year and is expected to last into early 2022, influencing temperatures and precipitation. Despite the cooling influence of this naturally occurring climate phenomenon, temperatures in many parts of the world are expected to be above average because of the accumulated heat trapped in the atmosphere...
More>>


UN: Violations Of Palestinian Rights Puts Two-State Solution At Risk, Chief Warns
The situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, continues to pose a significant challenge to international peace and security, United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres, said on Monday... More>>


World Food Programme: Millions More In Need Of Food Assistance As A Direct Result Of Conflict In Northern Ethiopia

The number of people in need of humanitarian food assistance across northern Ethiopia has grown to an estimated 9.4 million as a direct result of ongoing conflict, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) announced today... More>>


Food: Three Billion People Cannot Afford A Healthy Diet

Approximately three billion people, almost 40 per cent of the world’s population, cannot afford a healthy diet and another one billion people would join their ranks should further unpredictable events reduce incomes by one-third, the UN food agency said, launching a new report on Tuesday... More>>

COP26: Enough Of ‘Treating Nature Like A Toilet’ – Guterres Brings Stark Call For Climate Action To Glasgow
As the World Leaders Summit opened on day two of COP26, UN chief António Guterres sent a stark message to the international community. “We are digging our own graves”, he said, referring to the addiction to fossil fuels which threatens to push humanity and the planet, to the brink, through unsustainable global heating... More>>

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  • Pacific.Scoop
  • Cafe Pacific
  • PMC