US says deeply disturbed by Pakistan emergency rule

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ISTANBUL, Nov 3 (Reuters) The United States said today it was ''deeply disturbed'' that Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf had declared emergency rule, and called it a sharp step backward for democracy.

State Department spokesman Sean McCormack said in a statement that Musharraf had promised to hold elections in January and the United States urged him to do so.

REUTERS AM AS2212

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