Benazir freed from detention

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Islamabad, Nov 16 (UNI) Pakistan today freed former prime minister Benazir Bhutto, who was detained on Tuesday ahead of a pro-democracy rally.

Government of Punjab withdrew the seven-day detention order against the Pakistan People's Party chief, who was detained at the residence of party leader Latif Khosa in Defence area of Lahore.

''The detention order has been withdrawn but normal police security will stay with her,'' Geo TV quoted officials as saying.

The barricade around her place of confinement will be changed into her security cordon, police said.

The channel also reported that orders have been issued to free human rights activist Asma Jehangir.

The release of the former prime minister came hours before President Pervez Musharraf sworn-in a caretaker government to oversee conduct of parliamentary elections in the country.

Mohammedmian Soomro was sworn-in as the caretaker prime minister by Gen Musharraf at the head of a 24-member cabinet.

Gen Musharraf has announced that polls will be held by January 9.

The President promulgated the Provincial Constitutional Order (PCO) on November 3, citing a hostile judiciary and deteriorating law and order situation in the country.


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