POLITICS
03/28/2008 02:45 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Musharraf Rejects Rice's Call To End Emergency Decree

The president of Pakistan, Gen. Pervez Musharraf, rejected an appeal by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to lift the state of emergency, insisting in an interview on Tuesday that it was the best way to fight rising militancy and to ensure free and fair elections.

He defended the emergency decree issued 10 days ago that scrapped the Constitution, dismissed the Supreme Court and resulted in the arrests of 2,500 opposition party workers, lawyers and human rights advocates.

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