Sunday, November 25, 2007

Thousands detained ahead of Sharif return to Pakistan

Reuters, November 25, 2007

By Simon Gardner

LAHORE, Pakistan (Reuters) - Pakistan police detained thousands of supporters of Nawaz Sharif to stop them greeting the former prime minister on his return from exile in Saudi Arabia on Sunday, according to party loyalists.

U.S. ally President Pervez Musharraf imposed emergency rule on November 3 to safeguard his own presidency, but under pressure from Saudi King Abdullah reluctantly acquiesced to the return of Sharif, the leader he deposed in a bloodless coup eight years ago.

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