Western nations hope lifting emergency will stabilize the nuclear-armed state amid chaos and commotion a level play ground for free and fair elections as expressed by various head of states.
British Prime Minister Gordon Brown hailed the lifting of Pakistan's state of emergency as a "significant step" Saturday.
After a telephone call with President Pervez Musharraf, Brown also called for a "level playing field" in next month's parliamentary elections.
"This is another significant step towards the return of full constitutional order," Brown said in a statement. "I also told President Musharraf that the international community supports his wish -- and that of the people of Pakistan -- to hold free and fair elections on 8 January.
"As President Musharraf has said, and …