Vol. 5 Num 994 Sun. March 18, 2007  
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Plotters behind TV raid, says Musharraf

Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf said on Saturday a police raid on a television station during protests against his government's suspension of the country's top judge was a conspiracy against him.

Police ransacked the office of the private Geo television station in Islamabad on Friday during protests by lawyers and opposition supporters against the government's March 9 suspension of Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhary.

"There is a conspiracy going on and it has to be traced. Who is hatching this conspiracy so everything is put on me?" Musharraf said in a speech in the town of Pakpattan, referring to the raid on Geo's office.

Musharraf, who is expected to seek election to another term in office late this year, telephoned Geo to condemn the raid and apologise. He said the culprits had to be caught.

He did not elaborate.

Earlier Pakistan has suspended 14 police for ransacking a private television station office during opposition protests over the sacking of the country's top judge, officials said yesterday.

"The government has suspended 14 police officers for the incident at the Geo office and has also ordered a judicial inquiry into the incident," Islamabad police chief Iftikhar Ahmed Chaudhry told AFP.