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Benazir detained ahead of mass protest

Lahore, November 13, 2007

Pakistani police detained opposition leader Benazir Bhutto for seven days, police and her party said, just hours before she was due to lead a mass protest against President Pervez Musharraf's emergency rule.

'We have sent the (detention) notice inside and we have not yet got a reply,' Lahore Police Chief Aftab Cheema said at barriers blocking access to the house where Bhutto is staying. A party official confirmed the detention order had been served.

The detention comes hours before Bhutto was due to begin a 3-4 day motorcade protest from Lahore to Islamabad to demand Musharraf end emergency rule he imposed on Nov 3 and free thousands of detained opponents. Reuters




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