Friday, April 5, 2002, Chandigarh, India


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Pervez to address nation today

The Pakistani police arrests a worker
The Pakistani police arrests a worker of Benazir Bhutto's Pakistan People's Party during a protest in Rawalpindi on Thursday. The PPP protested against President Pervez Musharraf's decision to hold a referendum to legitimise his rule for the next five years. — Reuters photo

Islamabad, April 4
General Pervez Musharraf will make another speech on television and radio networks tomorrow, this time in a bid to convince Pakistanis on the need for him to stay on as President for another five years.

“The issue this time is referendum. The President will announce details of the referendum programme in his address to the nation scheduled for Friday,” a senior government official said.

This would be the 12th time General Musharraf would be addressing the nation since he took over power in a military coup by overthrowing Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s government in October, 1999. His previous speeches focused on national security, economic issues, relations with India and the Afghan crisis. IANS


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