Bhutto Released from House Arrest

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Opposition leader Benazir Bhutto was allowed to leave her home Saturday after being placed under house arrest 24 hours earlier. But the former primer minister was stopped by police from visiting the home of Mohammed Chaudhry, former chief justice of the country's Supreme Court. The independent-minded Chaudry was fired by President Gen. Pervez Musharraf last week when he imposed emergency rule.

Pakistan officials are now saying the emergency order could be lifted within a month.

Musharraf insists he called the week-old emergency to help fight Islamic extremists who control large swathes of territory near the Afghan border. But the main targets of his crackdown have been his most outspoken critics, including the increasingly independent courts and media.



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