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Bhutto issues ultimatum
by Jeremy Page Islamabad

Benazir Bhutto threatened President Musharraf with a popular uprising unless he lifted the country’s state of emergency within six days.

As international pressure on General Musharraf mounted, Ms Bhutto, the former Prime Minister, pledged to hold a rally tomorrow in defiance of the emergency measures imposed on Saturday.

She also threatened to stage a protest march from the eastern city of Lahore to Islamabad on November 13 if General Musharraf had not met her demands by then.

“I appeal to the people of Pakistan to come forward ... the country is in danger,” Ms Bhutto, 54, told a news conference after talks with other opposition leaders in Islamabad. “God willing, there will be a flood of people. If I am arrested, people should continue the struggle.”

She demanded that General Musharraf restore the constitution, step down as army chief and commit to holding parliamentary elections by January 15, as originally planned.

Her ultimatum appeared to set her on a collision course with the General, who seized power in a coup in 1999 and has been one of the United States’ key allies in the War on Terror.

But Ms Bhutto, who returned to Pakistan last month after eight years’ self-imposed exile, left a door open for the President, saying that they could resume negotiations once her demands were met.

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