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November 18, 2007 | Laura King, Times Staff Writer
A senior U.S. envoy pressed President Pervez Musharraf on Saturday to lift a harsh emergency decree and move the country toward civilian rule, but the Pakistani leader balked at setting any firm timetables despite the high-level demand from his government's main patron. Deputy Secretary of State John D. Negroponte reported no breakthroughs in the two-hour meeting, during which he also urged Musharraf to reconcile with opposition leader Benazir Bhutto.
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November 17, 2007 | Laura King, Times Staff Writer
Disdained by an angry opposition, a subdued President Pervez Musharraf on Friday swore in a loyalist-led caretaker government meant to remain in place until after parliamentary elections in early January. The swearing-in of the interim administration came hours before U.S. Deputy Secretary of State John D. Negroponte arrived for what were expected to be tense and difficult talks. U.S.
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November 16, 2007 | Paul Richter and Laura King, Times Staff Writers
Fearing the collapse of a friendly government, the Bush administration has begun a concerted public effort to salvage the embattled presidency of Pakistan's Gen. Pervez Musharraf by pushing him to compromise with political opponents and abandon emergency rule, U.S. officials said Thursday. U.S.
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November 15, 2007 | Laura King, Times Staff Writer
On any given day during the last eight years, President Pervez Musharraf was most likely to be found not at the ornate presidential compound in the capital, but here in this garrison city: at his desk at army headquarters, clad in familiar camouflage fatigues, greeted everywhere with the crisp salutes and studied deference accorded a four-star general. Now, a farewell to arms appears inevitable, if not imminent.
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November 14, 2007 | Henry Chu, Times Staff Writer
The political crisis gripping this country took a surprise turn Tuesday when former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto called on President Pervez Musharraf to step down, raising the prospect of more violence between her supporters and government forces, and apparently dashing U.S. hopes for conciliation.
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November 13, 2007 | Henry Chu, Times Staff Writer
Backed by hundreds of police officers, the government placed former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto under house arrest today to prevent a protest against President Pervez Musharraf, escalating a war of nerves before a deadline later this week for Musharraf to step down as army chief. It was the second time in less than a week that the Pakistani president's biggest rival has been confined to a home.
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November 12, 2007 | Laura King, Times Staff Writer
Raising the prospect of an election campaign carried out under de facto martial law, President Pervez Musharraf said Sunday that balloting for a new parliament would take place in early January, but set no date for lifting his emergency decree. Musharraf's pledge to hold elections in less than nine weeks, in adherence to the original schedule, won quick praise from the Bush administration, with Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice calling it a welcome sign.
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November 10, 2007 | Laura King and Paul Richter, Times Staff Writers
President Pervez Musharraf successfully thwarted a demonstration Friday by former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, encircling her home for hours with riot police, barbed wire and metal barricades, but U.S. officials still held out hope the two could strike a power-sharing agreement.
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November 10, 2007 | Henry Chu, Times Staff Writer
It takes almost no effort to find people who are angry with Pervez Musharraf on the streets of this bustling city. The Pakistani leader's name comes up quickly in casual conversation, yoked with unprintable adjectives and harsh denunciations of the emergency rule he has imposed. But dig just a little deeper and another target of resentment surfaces: Musharraf's richest, staunchest and most powerful patron, the United States. "We blame the U.S.
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November 9, 2007 | Henry Chu, Times Staff Writer
Security forces placed former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto under virtual house arrest early today as a crackdown on President Pervez Musharraf's opponents continued, a day after he bowed to enormous political pressure and pledged to hold parliamentary elections by mid-February. Tensions and the threat of violent confrontation are likely to remain high.
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