Friday, November 9, 2007

Our "Moderate" Muslim Ally Places Opposition Leader Under House Arrest

Pervez Musharraf, our "moderate" Muslim ally, has confined opposition leader Benazir Bhutto to her home in Islamabad. How much easier could Musharraf make it for Islamic radicals to target her than to isolate her to one known location? I fear Bhutto will not survive until the February elections. Musharraf is as radical as they come, only he is uses the weapon of Taqiyya to fight his Jihad against Western democracy. A wolf in sheep's clothing.

Pakistani police placed opposition leader Benazir Bhutto under house arrest Friday, uncoiling barbed wire in front of her Islamabad home and reportedly rounding up 5,000 of her supporters to block a mass protest against emergency rule.

Bhutto tried twice to leave by car but was blocked by police after a scuffle with her supporters who tried to remove a barricade. The former prime minister had planned to address a rally in nearby Rawalpindi, defying a ban on public gatherings.

Associated Press

UPDATE: The house arrest order has been lifted:

Pakistani opposition leader Benazir Bhutto has been released from house arrest in the capital, Islamabad, officials say.

The order had blocked Ms Bhutto's bid to lead a rally against the emergency rule declared by President Musharraf.

The United States had criticised the house arrest, saying that she had to be "permitted freedom of movement".

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