Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf says he backs the election commission's decision to delay parliamentary elections until February 18th.
In an address to the nation today Wednesday, President Musharraf said the poll will be free, fair and peaceful.
He said the army will be deployed to ensure security during the elections.
Earlier on Wednesday, Pakistan's chief election commissioner, Qazi Mohammed Farooq announced the postponement of elections originally scheduled for January 8th.
A White House spokeswoman, Dana Perino says the U.S. is glad that Pakistan now has a specific date for parliamentary elections.
Also on Wednesday, President Musharraf strongly condemned those who rioted in the days after Ms. Bhutto's assassination. Around 60 people were killed and millions of dollars in property, including election offices, were damaged.
Mr. Musharraf called Ms. Bhutto's death last Thursday a great tragedy and he blamed it on terrorists.
Ms. Bhutto's husband, Asif Ali Zardari reiterated the Pakistan People's Party condemnation of the election's postponement but said the party would participate.