Bhutto's house arrest ahead of mass protest

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Lahore, Pakistan, Nov 12: Pakistani police detained opposition leader Benazir Bhutto for seven days early late tonight, police and her party said, just hours before she was due to lead a mass protest against President Pervez Musharraf's emergency rule.

''We have sent the (detention) notice inside and we have not yet got a reply,'' Lahore Police Chief Aftab Cheema told Reuters at barriers blocking access to the house where Bhutto is staying. A party official confirmed the detention order had been served.

The detention comes hours before Bhutto was due to begin a 3-4 day motorcade protest from Lahore to Islamabad to demand Musharraf end emergency rule he imposed on November 3 and free thousands of detained opponents.


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