The Pakistan Olympic Association has urged broadcasters using state TV coverage of the torch to avoid “negative comments” and make “no mention” of the conflict in Tibet.

Pakistan has strong and long-standing defense and economic links with China. Both are rivals of neighboring India. Musharraf is expected to return from a six-day official trip to China in time for the torch ceremony.

There have been no indications that rights groups are planning to repeat in Pakistan their protests against China, which disrupted torch relays in Paris, London and San Francisco.