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Bhutto Calls on Musharraf to Resign amid House Arrest

November 13, 2007 at 6:10 PM EDT

JOHN RAY, ITV News Correspondent: They came to answer their leaders’ call to march for democracy. Instead, they were confronted by riot police on the charge. Their day ended in panic and retreat. But Benazir Bhutto is defiant, and tonight she is raising the stakes.

PAKISTANI CITIZEN: All over the country, everybody is against him, and he’s not listening to it.

PAKISTANI CITIZEN: Benazir has done nothing for our country, actually.

Bhutto under house arrest

JOHN RAY: General Musharraf has put Pakistan under martial law, but it is not under control. Elections just two months away are already being fought by stone-throwing opponents and countered by teargas.

Through all this, Ms. Bhutto spent the day under house arrest. Those supporters who came close sacrificed their freedom, street theatre with a photo-call finale.

So far, the long march for democracy has barely taken more than a few steps. And each time, only as far as the back of a waiting police van.

But behind the scenes, serious drama. The plan to share power with the president is out. Now, Ms. Bhutto told me it's a showdown.

BENAZIR BHUTTO, Former Pakistani Prime Minister: I would ask General Musharraf to hear the beat of the people who are marching, to hear the message of the marchers. The message is to end martial law. The message is for General Musharraf to quit and leave. And the message is to return Pakistan, which belongs to the people, back to the people.

Musharraf responds

JOHN RAY: Tonight, the president's response: Democracy is not his priority.

PERVEZ MUSHARRAF, President of Pakistan (through translator): I would like to ask, is democracy more important than the country? If the country is going down and becoming a failed state, is arresting that more important, or running a democratic system, so-called democratic system, more important?

JOHN RAY: The danger for Pakistan, that it will have neither democracy nor stability.