Pakistan's election commission has declared October sixth as the date for the country's presidential elections.
Thursday's announcement was made despite legal challenges in the Supreme Court to President Pervez Musharraf's eligibility to run for another term.
The decision prompted opposition parties to threaten to quit parliament and to take to the streets in a nationwide protest if General Musharraf is allowed to run. They have filed petitions at the Supreme Court, arguing the president has already served the two terms allowed by the country's constitution. Opponents also argue that the president is forbidden by law to hold a high military position. General Musharraf, who is also head of the army, has announced that he will retire from that post if he remains the president -- but not before.