Special report: Pakistani
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
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
Musharraf to quit as army chief by
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.
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)
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
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.