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Reports: Benazir Bhutto placed under house arrest; in Burma, faint hope for Aung San Suu Kyi; Updated

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By Michelle Malkin  •  November 9, 2007 12:20 AM

Update: Bhutto was blocked as she tried to break through the barricade surrounding her home.

5,000 of her supporters have been arrested.

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Cordons have reportedly been placed around Benazir Bhutto’s home to prevent her from leading a protest rally against Musharraf:

Pakistan’s former premier Benazir Bhutto was to be put under house arrest Friday, hours before she was due to lead a rally against a state of emergency, government officials said.

“She is being placed under house arrest,” a senior government offcial told AFP on condition of anonymity.

An AFP correspondent saw a magistrate entering the her house in Islamabad, apparently with the arrest order, while dozens of police cordoned off the street outside.

To stop the rally the government deployed 6,000 police officers in Rawalpindi, near Islamabad, completely sealing off the planned venue in the garrison city with barbed wire and concrete blocks.

Meanwhile in Burma, detained oppo leader Aung San Suu Kyi is supposed to meet with her party for the first time since 2004:

Detained Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi was due to meet leaders of her party on Friday for the first time in more than three years as hope flickered she and the junta may start talks on political reform.

The Nobel laureate, who has spent 12 of the last 18 years under house arrest, will also hold a second meeting with General Aung Kyi, a go-between appointed as a result of world outrage at September’s bloody crackdown on democracy protests.

In a statement released on her behalf by U.N. envoy Ibrahim Gambari after his second visit in a month, Suu Kyi described her initial contact with Aung Kyi as constructive and said she was ready to work with the military to establish proper negotiations.

“In the interest of the nation, I stand ready to cooperate with the government in order to make this process of dialogue a success,” she said in her first public comments since her latest period of detention began in May 2003.

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