Rice calls Musharraf about State of Emergency in Pakistan

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Amid continued reports of violence, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has called Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf about his decision to impose a state of emergency.

A senior U.S. official says Rice underscored the Bush administration's opposition in a call to the general as she flew back to Washington from the Middle East. The president is expected to provide some details about Rice's call later today.

Rice, Defense Secretary Robert Gates and White House spokeswoman Dana Perino are among the administration officials who earlier today called on Musharraf to restore democratic rule in his country.

Also today, the Pentagon announced it was postponing a meeting scheduled for this week in Islamabad between senior U.S. and Pakistani defense officials.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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