Benazir committed to Tuesday’s long march, despite govt’s threat to detain her

November 14th, 2007 - 10:36 am ICT by admin  

As security forces cordoned off Benazir’s Lahore residence a day ahead of the ‘Long March’, the government has hinted at detaining her if she goes ahead with the protest march.

“Long marches, rallies and political meetings are banned in Punjab province, this is for her security. There could also be a restraint order,” The News quoted Deputy Information Minister Tariq Azeem, as saying.

The security officials here are stating that Benazir’s rally could be targeted by suicide bombers, and that threat against her was “imminent” and of ‘highest degree.’

However, a defiant Benazir has said that she would go ahead with her plans of 275-kilometre march.

She also told reporters that there would be no more talks with President General Pervez Musharraf over the power sharing issue.

“We are saying no to any more talks. It is a change from my past policy,” she said, adding, “We cannot work with anyone who has suspended the constitution, imposed emergency rule, and oppressed the judiciary.” (ANI)

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