Report: Bush offers strongest support for Musharraf
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Special report: Pakistani Situation

    WASHINGTON, Nov. 21 (Xinhua) -- U.S. President George W. Bush has offered his strongest support of embattled Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf, saying the general "hasn't crossed the line" and "truly is somebody who believes in democracy," the Washington Post reported Wednesday.

    The latest remarks made by Bush in an interview with ABC News anchor on Tuesday contrasted with the U.S. administration's previous statements, which expressed grave concern over Musharraf's announcement of emergency rule.

    The shift appeared part of a broader strategy to ease the crisis in Pakistan. the Washington Post said.

    U.S. Deputy Secretary of Sate John D. Negroponte carried a terse message to Musharraf during talks last weekend, urging the general to step down as chief of the army.

    The Bush administration is expecting Musharraf to shed his military uniform by the end of the month, an unidentified administration official was quoted as saying.

    Pakistani authorities released about 3,000 political prisoners Tuesday, although some 2,000 remain in custody, according to the Interior Ministry.

Musharraf to quit as army chief by weekend

    ISLAMABAD, Nov. 21 (Xinhua) -- Pakistani President General Pervez Musharraf may quit as Army Chief by the weekend, the Attorney General Malik Muhammad Qayyum said on Wednesday.

Pakistani President General Pervez Musharraf may quit as Army Chief by the weekend, the Attorney General Malik Muhammad Qayyum said on Wednesday.

President General Pervez Musharraf speaks during a question and answer programme at The President's House in Islamabad. A new caretaker prime minister and cabinet members will take oath of office Friday. (Xinhua/AFP Photo)
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    If the Supreme Court announces verdict by Thursday or Friday, then Musharraf may doff uniform by the weekend, Malik Qayyum said when talking to reporters at the Supreme Court building.  Full story

Presidential candidate detained in Pakistani capital

    ISLAMABAD, Nov. 21 (Xinhua) -- Police took a presidential candidate, former justice Wajeehuddin Ahmed, into custody in the Pakistani capital Islamabad on Wednesday, the News Network International (NNI) news agency reported. Full story

Pakistan seeks postponement of Commonwealth decision

    ISLAMABAD, Nov. 21 (Xinhua) -- Pakistan Wednesday sought a short postponement of the Commonwealth decision about its membership and asked the organization to send immediately a delegation to look at the situation in the country. Full story

Pakistan's Election Commission unveils general elections schedule

    ISLAMABAD, Nov. 20 (Xinhua) -- The Election Commission of Pakistan on Tuesday unveiled the schedule of the general elections, the state-run Pakistan Television (PTV) channel reported. Full story

Pakistan's Official: Musharraf to doff uniform by Dec. 1

    ISLAMABAD, Nov. 15 (Xinhua) -- Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf has said that he will quit as army chief before Dec. 1, the government's top lawyer said Thursday.

    "The president has said that he will give up his uniform before Dec. 1," Attorney General Malik Mohammad Qayyum told a news conference. Full story

Editor: Yan Liang
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