Former Pakistani Prime Minister and opposition leader Benazir Bhutto says her party plans a massive protest in Rawalpindi Friday against emergency rule and the suspension of the country's constitution.
Ms. Bhutto said Thursday the demonstration will go forward despite a ban on such gatherings -- and warnings that suicide bombers plan to target the event. But police in Rawalpindi have said they will not allow the protest to occur.
Earlier, Ms. Bhutto dismissed President Pervez Musharraf's announcement that general elections will take place before February 15th and that he will step down as army chief, once the Supreme Court approves his disputed re-election. Although Washington and London welcomed the move, Ms. Bhutto called the announcement "vague." She says the opposition wants General Musharraf to hang up his uniform by November 15th.