Rice urges Musharraf to restore civilian rule

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is again urging Pakistan's president to "take off his uniform" and restore civilian rule.

Rice's comments in the West Bank came as police in Pakistan clashed with lawyers protesting Pervez Musharraf's move to suspend the country's constitution and grant authorities greater power to crack down on dissent.

Police waving batons clashed with lawyers in several cities. Hundreds of them were rounded up today and there have been more than 1,500 arrests since the weekend.

Independent TV news networks remain off the air. Police raided a printing press in Karachi belonging to Pakistan's largest media group, blocking publication of its Urdu-language evening newspaper.

Musharraf has said he is countering a growing militant Islamic movement and a court system that hindered his powers to fight terrorism.

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