General Pervez Musharraf is expected to seek new five-year term in office.
“They are using the state machinery to curb the opposition.”
But a senior police official said on condition of anonymity that “these are preventive detentions for the maintenance of public order”.
“Pakistan needs a military leader who can control both civil and possible military extremism”
Creative_person01, Islamabad, Pakistan
An alliance of pro-democracy parties has vowed to protest against military ruler Musharraf’s intention to stand for another five-year term in October 6 polls.
On Friday, an opposition alliance vowed that its politicians would resign from assemblies on September 29 to deny the presidential vote legitimacy.
Anti-Musharraf lawyers said they would blockade the Election Commission to prevent the general from filing his nomination papers.
An intelligence official said the move was in response to the threat to escalate the confrontation with the government and disrupt the election.