President Bush yesterday offered his strongest support of embattled Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf, saying the general "hasn't crossed the line" and "truly is somebody who believes in democracy."
Bush spoke nearly three weeks after Musharraf declared emergency rule, sacked members of the Supreme Court and began a roundup of journalists, lawyers and human rights activists. Musharraf's government yesterday released about 3,000 political prisoners, although 2,000 remain in custody, according to the Interior Ministry.
Meanwhile, CNN reports Musharraf poised for third term:
Pakistani President Gen. Pervez Musharraf on Thursday looked set to take the oath of office for a third five year-term as president.
Pakistan's Supreme Court, newly filled with his allies, sided with him on the final legal challenge to his candidacy, clearing the way to his re-election victory, The Associated Press reported.
- Garry J. Wise, Toronto