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Pakistani President Decides Against Emergency Rule

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Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf has rejected calls to declare a state of emergency following a surge of militant attacks in the country's northwest.

Pakistan's Information Minister Mohammed Ali Durrani says General Musharraf decided against emergency rule after meeting with his senior aides.

The minister says the president did not want to undermine upcoming elections.

Earlier, Pakistani officials dismissed local media reports that said General Musharraf was poised to impose emergency rule.

Pakistan has been fighting pro-Taleban militants in tribal regions bordering Afghanistan, but the United States has been pressuring the government to do more.

During a news conference in Washington on Thursday, US President George Bush said he is confident Pakistan will work with the United States to bring terrorist leaders to justice. Mr. Bush also said he hopes Pakistan will hold free and fair elections.
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