Political violence in Pakistan has claimed its first lives since the declaration of a state of emergency. While authorities have used batons and tear gas to break up protests across the country, there have been no major clashes. But two boys have been killed after police and unidentified gunmen exchanged fire in Karachi during demonstrations by Benazir Bhutto supporters, according to officials.
Security forces may surround her home but in newly- released footage, the Pakistani opposition leader refuses to be silenced. “There is no more negotiations with General Musharraf. He is very unpopular now and anybody who associates with him gets contaminated,” she said.
Another opposition figure, Imran Khan, has not been seen since his arrest under anti-terrorism laws after making his first public appearance following the declaration of emergency rule. Both he and Bhutto say free and fair elections will be a sham unless the constitution is restored, even if, as expected, President Musharraf appoints a caretaker government to oversee parliamentary elections.