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2008 elections

benazir-bhutto-wallpaperOn 24 November 2007, Benazir Bhutto filed her nomination papers for January's Parliamentary elections. Two days later, she filed papers in the Larkana constituency for two regular seats.

When sworn in again on 30 November 2007, this time as a civilian president after relinquishing his post as military chief, Musharraf announced his plan to lift Pakistan's state of emergency rule on 16 December.

Bhutto welcomed the announcement and launched a manifesto outlining her party's domestic issues. Bhutto told journalists in Islamabad that her party, the PPP, would focus on "the five E's": employment, education, energy, environment, equality.

On 4 December 2007, Bhutto met with Nawaz Sharif to publicize their demand that Musharraf fulfill his promise to lift the state of emergency before January's parliamentary elections, threatening to boycott the vote if he failed to comply. They promised to assemble a committee that would present to Musharraf the list of demands upon which their participation in the election was contingent.

On 8 December 2007, three unidentified gunmen stormed Bhutto's PPP office in Balochistan.

Three of Bhutto's supporters were killed.


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