Emergency being declared in Pakistan?? But Why??

Posted on August 8, 2007
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ATP Poll on Musharraf and PollsI am watching television right now and every news channels is reporting that declaration of emergency in Pakistan is likely sometime tonight or tomorrow for sure. This is happening when rumors about PML(N) leaders Nawaz Sharif and Shahbaz Sharif’s possible return to Pakistan within next 2-3 days were already in the air. Three likely reasons are being suggested for emergency:

1. Threats from United States to attack so called terrorist targets and growing terrorist activities in Pakistan.

2. General law and order situation in NWFP and Balochistan.

3. Killing and kidnapping of Chinese in Pakistan

I can’t understand HOW declaring emergency is a solution to all these problems. Aitezaz Ahsen suggested that the people who want to get rid of President Musharraf are giving him such advices. There is no justification of declaring emergency except for his malafied intentions of remaining in power at every cost. He said that emergency declaration will really be the biggest blunder by President Musharraf and the end of his regime. Interesting observation.

This is what Geo website has:

A high-level meeting presided over by President General Pervez Musharraf decided Wednesday to declare emergency in the country for one month that could be extended for three months, the well placed sources told Geo News. The meeting reviewed current political situation and various options regarding changes in the political set up came under discussion.

Pakistan Muslim League (QA) president Chaudhry Shujaat also reportedly said while talking to women parliamentarians of party during a reception which was hosted by him at his residence that emergency is likely to be declared. Speaker National Assembly was also called at the reception in which he was consulted that in case of emergency how it could be approved from the National Assembly. Some reliable sources confirmed that the decision regarding declaration of emergency was taken in the meeting.

However, the government sources have denied the reports about the declaration of emergency in the country.

Personally, I don’t see any reason whatsoever for this move now. Declaration of emergency at this time will only be seen as a desperate attempt to prolong Musharraf sahab’s rule in Pakistan and to avoid elections. It will also be interesting to see how the Supreme Court of Pakistan react to this because, if true, this will surely be challenged.

The situation is quite uncertain and unclear so we will have to wait and see what happens in next 24-48 hours. I hope this turns out to be just a rumor. We already have too many problems and this will only make things worse. We do NOT want another crises when we are preparing to celebrate years 60 years of independence. May Allah have mercy on Pakistan and give our leaders wisdom to make right decisions. Ameen.

51 Comments on “Emergency being declared in Pakistan?? But Why??”

  1. faraz says:
    August 8th, 2007 4:59 pm

    It will be greatest blunder by Mush. His best option is to have fair election then put a deal with BB and get elected as civilian from next parliment.

    Other then above, every other move will result in disaster.

  2. Farrukh says:
    August 8th, 2007 5:40 pm

    Are we jumping the gun here. This is, at this time, just a rumor. Will we make it a reality by spreading it?

  3. Harris Siddiqi says:
    August 8th, 2007 5:43 pm

    It will be a mistake in today’s situation and Sharif brothers will use it to inject a new life in their already dead political careers.

    Don’t forget that emergency can be challenged in court and if that happens then the divide between administration and judiciary will get even bigger than it was after the CJ debacle.

    How long do you guys think Nero can keep playing the flute?

  4. BitterTruth says:
    August 8th, 2007 5:44 pm

    how far can a person go in selfishness…

  5. Kruman says:
    August 8th, 2007 5:53 pm

    Several factors are in play, some of them mentioned by Darwaish:
    1) expected ruling in favor of Sharif brothers tomorrow allowing them to return
    2) Defections within PMLQ. It has been reported that intelligence agencies are busy these day “intervieiwing” Q leaguers. Wasti has said that soon Mush will be left all alone. ISI may have unearthed substantial “in-closet” defections within PMLQ endangering Mush’s reelection.
    3) Javed Hashmi’s claim that he is in possession of resignations from several Q leaguers. Was it a deceptive move by Hashmi or a fact? I don’t know, but in either case a good move.
    4) Revolt in NA yesterday when Q leaguers themselves blasted the governments foreign policy.

  6. Junaid says:
    August 8th, 2007 5:57 pm

    Pakistan Zindabad.

  7. Roshan says:
    August 8th, 2007 6:00 pm

    Thanks for brining this issue promptly on ATP. I think we can expect anything from Gen. Musharraf and his cronies to prolong his dictatorship.
    But as a nation, its another move to bring subjugate and suppress people, civil society and media which is thriving for democracy but the ruling elite is using Machiavellian (end justifies the means) approach to continue in power.
    I dont know why Musharraf regime is not realizing that its not 1999 when he took over the power with bloodless coup as the people were fed up with both NS and BB.
    Now the people have that quench for democracy and am sure that Musharraf is going to face resistance from masses if he announces emergency.

  8. Kruman says:
    August 8th, 2007 6:00 pm

    Recommended reading:

    Reports that the Shah of Pakistan is running out of patience with increasing judicial activism and challenges to his reelection in uniform.

    BTW it has also been reported that the general spent long hours consulting with AGP and Pirzada. It is never a good sign when Pirzada is gets close to a general.

  9. Kruman says:
    August 8th, 2007 6:02 pm

    Great point Roshan!

    The only time in Pakistan when martial law was imposed after a long military rule the country disintegrated i.e. Yahya’s martial law following Ayub’s rule.

  10. August 8th, 2007 6:06 pm

    The Prrrreecccioussssss will be ourssss……..

  11. baber says:
    August 8th, 2007 6:39 pm

    Whom the gods would destroy, they first make mad.
    ‘Jab geedar ki maut aati hai toh woh shahar ki taraf bhaagta hai’

    August 8th, 2007 7:41 pm


    Please resist this vile act to further suppress our rights as self respecting citizens of this state by this vile dictator. We must stand together and fight it tooth and nail, that time has come to shed our blood if need be (said with a heavy heart), we must reclaim Pakistan for Pakistanis and not for our military whores.

    So the minute it is announced all of Pakistan must come out on the streets, we must all remove this vile regime through civil disobediance and peaceful action, we must finish it off now or never, the rubicon must be crossed. The trumpet will soon call, are you ready Pakistan?

    I am

    Feimanallah & Pakistan Zindabad


  13. Rehan says:
    August 8th, 2007 9:07 pm

    Big deal, what really changes?

  14. Saad says:
    August 8th, 2007 9:31 pm

    Fundamental rights for 160 million Pakistanis stand suspended. What that means is that ‘if’ you live in Pakistan, you can be taken from your home, accused of anti-state activities, killed and buried by the Gov. of Pakistan under the watchful eye of ‘the’ despot without anyone being able to raise a finger.

    And in case courts strike down the orders for emergency a martial law can be applied in the country, striking down the constitution itself. And considering the fact that we’re dealing with a despot here, I see that as a definite possibility.

  15. Umar says:
    August 8th, 2007 9:53 pm

    These are the rights you’ll lose out on:


    I wonder if the Supreme Court can strike out the declaration of emergency… it appears that the emergency will be declared primarily to clamp down on the judiciary’s indepenence… so can the Supreme Court act in any way and declare the emergency illegal or unlawful?

    Demonstrations/Processions will be outlawed during the emergency, so if the lawyers and the opposition do take out rallies, will the faujis actually fire on crowds?

  16. Feisal Khan says:
    August 8th, 2007 9:56 pm

    Plus ca change, plus c’est la meme chose.

    All that will happen is that Musharraf will discard his, always flimsy, fig leaf. Musharraf has been a great disappointment, after a somewhat promising start, but I have even less faith in Benazir or Nawaz Sharif or anyone else likely to emerge as a ‘civilian’ alternative. Aitzaz Ahsan, now, might be different proposition, I hope. However, what odds of him becoming PM?

  17. AUK says:
    August 8th, 2007 10:07 pm

    Emergency will only usurp the rights of the citizens, and will put restrains on freedom of expression. That is no solution for any external or internal threats (real or phantom). This is just a last ditch effort by Musharraf to prolong the sinking of his ship; in the process increasing the list of his crimes against the state and its people. My God; why can’t he just leave quietly. Summum, Bukmun, Umyum; the eyes and the ears are covered, and the eyes can’t see. Look at the decision making body that decided to go this route. The core commanders, heads of Intelligence agencies, the chief, and Sharifuddin Pirzada. These representatives of the people decided to take this route. When will people of this country get a chance to decide their fate?

  18. Zia says:
    August 8th, 2007 11:45 pm

    I see a cat in uniform trying utmost to cling to the curtain of power. Mr. General does not understand that 1000s like him came and went and no one even knows the name. He might have said the same thing while reading the history.

    I think in our history of 60 years , the people enjoyed fundamental rights ( not in essence though ) for only 25-30% of the time. Most of the time all the rights were reserved for the ‘wrongs’.

  19. Adnan says:
    August 9th, 2007 1:17 am

    Javed Hashmi

  20. Viqar Minai says:
    August 9th, 2007 2:07 am

    KHud ba KHud TUT ke girtI nahiN zanjIr kabhI
    badli jAtI hae badaltI nahiN taQdIr kabhI

    rang lA’E ga SHahidON ka lahU

  21. Shehzad Ahmed Mir says:
    August 9th, 2007 2:50 am

    The emergency of having an emergency seems to be the emergency with the President’s Musharraf further surivival as President. The real reasons behind this ‘SHOSHA’ could be as follows.

    1. Chief Justice not attending conciliatory calls from the President House.

    2. Mian Nawaz Sharif booking a flight to return to Lahore.

    3. BB not being cooperative in accepting a uniformed President.

    All in all and as long it remains a shosha, we’d be good. If implemented however, Musharraf would be chopping off his two feet with the ”gitta” and ”godda” et all!

  22. Adnan says:
    August 9th, 2007 3:29 am

    Kachra Rani[Condi] called to President when he was sleeping and discussed *something* special. President’s mood was not good at all and he reminded Condi that there was a big time difference between US and Pakistan and requested Condi to let him sleep because today(August 9) would be his first day in school after summer vacation.

  23. Darwaish says:
    August 9th, 2007 6:10 am

    UPDATE: Looks like somebody has advised President the right thing and now news channels are reporting that emergency decision has been reversed. Last night Condoleezza Rice called Mr. Musharraf and today meetings continued during first half of the day. It seems now they have realized that emergency trick won’t do any good. But we still have to wait and see because they made similar kind of announcements about Lal Masjid operation too and started it when not many people expected.

    According to Geo:

    President Muslim League (Q) Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain said that no emergency is being imposed in the country and all reports in this connection are rumors.

    Chaudhry Shujaat stated this in Geo News program ? Parliament Cafeteria?. Also in the program, Senator Mushahid Hussain Syed said that there is no truth in reports of imposition of emergency in the country. He said these are rumors spread by those elements who had advised for filing the reference against chief justice.

    Yesterday, in an informal meeting with women parliamentarian of Muslim League (Q), Chaudhry Shujaat had said that different options including imposition of emergency being considered.

  24. Mateen says:
    August 9th, 2007 6:47 am

    The real issue is Mush dont want to come out of his “Skin” and the here is atleast one more point to ponder that if “Mush and his company” is so much real-well-whisher of Pakistan then why he is not leaving Army post and appointing some other as C.O.A.S. from his loyals,? The point is he has no confidence on anyone.

  25. Kruman says:
    August 9th, 2007 12:12 pm

    “Mushie is scared, Mushie is a looser. ”

    I am singing this while typing as kids sing to poke fun at others.

    Mush is in a real tight spot. He wants to declare his candidacy in uniform. But he is scared with the spectre of 80,000 strong legal fraternity taking to the streets again from Khyber to Karachi, not to mention the legal battle.

    Sharif’s case got off to a good start. Intelligence reports suggest that 70% of Q league will desert Mush when the Sharif’s return.

    Qazi’s case that Mush has attained the age of superannuation is also going to be taken up soon.

    This is a another win for the people. Musharraf was checkmated the day CJP refused to resign. He is looking desperately for a way out, but his departure is now inevitable.

  26. Kruman says:
    August 9th, 2007 12:18 pm

    Shehzad Ahmad Mir,
    You are right. When you read news reports that all attempts to establish a working relationship with CJ have failed, what that really means is that there is hope for biased verdict form the SC (in favor of the dictator).

  27. REGULAR READER says:
    August 9th, 2007 12:24 pm

    Kruman writes: “Intelligence reports suggest that 70% of Q league will desert Mush”

    Which ‘intelligence’ agency are you getting these numbers from?

    Did not realize we had people working for gteh ‘agencies’ using ATP to spread rumors!

  28. king_faisal says:
    August 9th, 2007 1:09 pm

    the drama over the emergency reminds me of the tamasha over “killer sms virus”.

    if musharraf seriously wanted to impose the emergency, he would have just gone ahead and done it rather than telegraphing his actions two days in advance. moreover, pml’s women

  29. Ali Zain says:
    August 9th, 2007 1:15 pm

    This is going too far.

    This new wave of news channels in Pakistan and their ways of ‘selling’ the news rather than keeping the public informed (and I am not only talking about this particular news). It seems that all the big news channels have blatantly adopted this formula to sensationalise and turn every news into a hype. This is how the daily evening newspapers have always done to sell their papers. To be sure the ‘news’ is being turned into a commodity and its being sold to us to make big bucks. We like good, obedient free-market consumers are glued to the screens to this new reality show. The distinction between news and entertainment is being blurred. We are indeed living in a hyper-reality.

    And don’t get me wrong, we certainly do need a free media in Pakistan, a free, fair and responsible media (like we need free and fair elections). I thought after their unrestrained and unchecked joy-ride in the past five years of their existence, the Pakistani media will make a natural transition from adolescence to adulthood. But I was wrong, it is not even half way there. All their efforts are concentrated in order to be on top, to improve ratings and attract advertisements. There is a total lack of journalistic integrity, of professionalism and sense of responsibility. In order to attarct more viewership the news is manipulated by sheer acts of sensationalism, an over-enthusiasm to report and thus glorifying certain political and socail issues. This of course has nothing to do with democracy or our real’ problems but everything to the big news corporations cynical agenda to make money out of anything.

    More and more people are switching to most of the talk shows aired by these channels and to tell you the truth its not because of their in-depth analysis, knowledge and issues raised in them. The nature of these talk shows is such that they have become a kind of new entertainment, a horrible caricature of reality-tv talk shows in the US. Most of the hosts of these shows are so baised and partial in their analysis, most of them coming out from Urdu press and its no wonder that they have this right-wing, reactionary and bourgeoisie mind-set. These people are increasingly becoming efficient in forging public opinions and have become over-night celebrities which is alarming.

    These talk shows work on the tested and proven formula, to be anti-government in their content and outlook. This formula is successfully adopted and used by many Urdu dailys in Pakistan. Yes everything sells if you blame it to the government, we tend to blame all our ills, short-comings and incompetence to whoever is in charge of government at the moment and you don’t have to be a Freudian to know why. And to be sure I am not suggesting that we shouldn’t criticize governments, but ‘how’ they do it, by sheer sensationalism and with a hedonist capitalist agenda to make money out of it.

    The point is to extend our critical attitude and this new-found hope(?) for justice, fairness and impartiality to all the
    aspects of our lives and all the institutions and not restrict it to particular institutions. We don’t want to be fed with this reactionary hog-wash in the name of analysis, if I don’t want PTV then I certainly don’t want the likes of GEO and ARY, there is no difference between them, one is controlled by the State and the other by capitalist elite.

    I was watching the news last night, that frenzy show of hysteria, of reports, analysis, confirmations, speculations, denials and what not. It was riddled with insentivity, haste and populist hog-wash, some theories put forth as to why the administration would do such an act, were so bizarre and crazy and I felt like I was watching Jerry Springer Show.

    My brother woke up this morning and the first thing he asked me was: ‘yar emergency lag gayee kiya?’ and I was like WTF? ‘Dude we don’t have water, we don’t have power and you are concerned about emergency? What could be more urgent, we are already in a state of emergency goddamnit!’

  30. kruman says:
    August 9th, 2007 1:35 pm

    The news that 70% of Q leage will desert was mentioned in one of the talk shows yesterday, it was probably Hamid Mir’s show.

  31. August 9th, 2007 1:52 pm

    “if musharraf seriously wanted to impose the emergency, he would have just gone ahead and done it rather than telegraphing his actions two days in advance.”

    King Faisal /Ali Zain,
    I don’t agree with you guys. There are too many signs/indications that emergency was seriously comptemplated:
    1) Shaikh Rasheed’s threats in Meray Mutabiq over the weekend saying democracy can be derailed
    2) Shujaat, Tariq Azeem saying emergency is an option
    3) Mush backing out of the grand jirga that he himself had proposed.
    4) The barricades and fences placed in Islamabad yesterday

    Musharraf is not the same Musharraf as pre-march 9th who can do anything he liked. Even he has to beat a retreat now in the face of public opposition.

    Ominously for him, people from the legal fratenity e.g Aitzaz and others were once again on the channels vowing to challenge the imposition of emergency in the SC.

    I consider this another setback for Musharraf, he is finding out how weak he has become after July 20th verdict.

  32. LeftyProf says:
    August 9th, 2007 3:15 pm

    Ali Zain:

    I thought that we Indians were the only ones fortunate enough to have mass media that are busily flushing themselves down the toilet. Good to hear that our Pakistani brethren are just as fortunate! :)

    Seriously, though, you are absolutely right. It is becoming more and more difficult to sift sensationalism from real news.

    Commodification zindabad.

  33. August 9th, 2007 3:18 pm

    When will he start talking about elections?

  34. Adnan Siddiqi says:
    August 9th, 2007 3:20 pm

    Whoever spread the rumor, he has achieved his goal. Stock Market down by -382 points, media did “loose” credibility a bit which they earned during CJ crisis.

    What I think that Pakistani media still needs to learn lots of thing. Media giants like Talat Hussain, Shahid Masood ,Hamid Mir,Kamran khan and Ansar Abbasi were really fooled by the the source which spread the rumor.

  35. auk says:
    August 9th, 2007 3:53 pm

    BBC website had this as the top news until a couple of hours ago. Hence all this discussion that local media played into the hands of the govt is just bull.

  36. Mubarik Khan says:
    August 9th, 2007 4:49 pm

    As per one minister “Ishaq Khawkani” on ARY “Off the Record” with Kashif Abbasi admitted that as per decision last night emergency was going to be imposed. So Mush has to back down and now the Govt is yelling at media that this is their fault.

  37. AAQUIL says:
    August 9th, 2007 4:56 pm


    Pakistan’s future predicted here.

    2007 :BB or Sharfu are back in Power

    2008: We want Army to come back …at least Musharaf was not that bad

    end of story!!!

  38. Kruman says:
    August 9th, 2007 5:39 pm

    Right on auk and Mubarik.

    International herald tribune has stated that it was Condi’s phone call that made Mush backtrack. They are also ticked off for his no-show at the grand jirga that Mush himself had proposed.

    Nation has a similar story.


    August 9th, 2007 6:31 pm

    Kruman Bhai,

    I agree with all that you have said and thanks for the links. What does it say to you that Condi says a word and Mush submits, when will we have a self respecting leader?, come on Ali Ahmed Kurd show us your mettle!



  40. Aamir Ali says:
    August 9th, 2007 9:37 pm

    This “emergency” had more to do with media irresponsibility that any actual action taken by the government.

    Musharraf needs to shed his uniform and stay till 2012. The politicians who will replace him will then take the country back to the loot and plunder of the 90′s.

  41. AUK says:
    August 10th, 2007 12:39 am

    Kruman, right on. It is America’s pressure that did it, otherwise these guys had made up their mind. Anyone who doubts the indiscretions of this government should just look at the happenings of the last 6 months. They have created one storm after another and have tried their best to destabilize the country; only to extend their rule. It is the Chaudaries, Arbab, and anyone who is close to this government, who are collectively responsible for all this. And the reasons are obvious. Without going into who is good for the country or otherwise, it is the process that is at stake. We are once again showing to the world what a bunch of buffoons we are, that we haven’t learned from our mistakes of the past and can’t have a smooth transition of the government. We have a constitution, the soul of which we have destroyed, and whatever is left is hardly recognizable. We have intellectuals who can have innumerable interpretations of this constitution, without realizing how confusing they sound, and how much more confusing they are making the public. And we have leaders (shouldn’t be called that) who don’t look up to this constitution for guidance, but whose marching orders only come from the white house.

  42. August 10th, 2007 1:47 am

    But MQM said that they played role to change the verdict? ;)

    Is it not like “Begani Shadi mey Abdullah Dewana” ? :)

  43. Kruman says:
    August 10th, 2007 3:04 am

    Auk, well said. There is nothing left for me to say.

    I’ll just put a few of my favorite quotes since March 9:

    “Time has come to say good-bye to the gun, and if not, then say good-bye to the constitution.” Fakhruddin G. Ebrahim

    “Pakistan has simply outgrown the era of military and civilian dictatorships.” Tanveer Ahmad Khan

    “No army can stop the march of an idea, the time for which has come.” Muneer A. Malik

  44. TURAB says:
    August 10th, 2007 11:48 am

    I have pbserved the media trend of being the most pessimists and overly critical of everything with nohting but negative to report and jumping the guns time and time again. GEO AND ARY BOTH are just the most baised and retarded news channels which go to the extremes which no other media channel has touched before..
    However it was welcoming change when kamran khan and ansar abbasi admitted their mistakes and called for self accountibility ,,,, there is no such thing as real democracy when you have the powerful media to sway the minds of millions at their own disgression……

    Long Live MUSHI and Long Live PAKISTAN….
    (PS: Thats my right to show support for mushi as others have their right to protest him)

  45. Irritated says:
    August 10th, 2007 4:39 pm

    Whatever the reason was … people lost a fortune when the stock market crashed due to this… 600 points in a single day!!!

  46. dawa-i-dil says:
    August 11th, 2007 1:33 am


    really i have sympathies with General Musharraf and tola of PML(Q)….

    not a new thing in history…..

    in 1969 ..when people came out against Gen. Ayub..he also did the same things like All Parties Conference ..releasing Sh. Mujeeb ur Rahman….etc etc….but people kicked him out….

    In 1977 ..when people came out against Bhutto…he declred Friday holiday..ban on drinking and gamblers races ..etc etc..but people became more furious …until Army took control…

    and do the General Musharraf think that..people will accept this Emergency …lol…

    Immediately..it will be challenged in honourable Supreme Court of Pakistan….and inshallah inshallah..SC will set aside this so called Emergency….

    is thier any need of this emergency…yes…NS case is on today’s hearing of SC…Uniform case will be soon….so…aqal mand ko ishara hee kafi hota hai….

    American threats and tribal areas conditions are getting better…why need of Emergency….

  47. Kruman says:
    August 11th, 2007 2:43 am

    Congrats to the entire nation on Musharraf’s 64th birthyday!

    Asa has pointed out on this blog that no military tyrant in Pakistan has stayed in office beyond 64 years of age.

  48. dawa-i-dil says:
    August 11th, 2007 5:48 am

    I dont think that Mushy has completely set aside the Emergency…

    when NS will come..as SC clearly said that ..every pakistani is a right abnd SC decided in Shahbaz Sharif cse in 2004…..
    may be more emergency at that time..to stop him…

    man dictator is willing to go any end for his seat…



  49. dawa-i-dil says:
    August 11th, 2007 10:28 am

    Emergency only considered as Nawaz Sharif is coming…

    assaid by CJ..of previous 2004 decison of Shabaz Sharif…

  50. Kruman says:
    August 23rd, 2007 1:55 am

    Follow the latest on hearing of Sharif brother’s petition at:

  51. farrukh says:
    November 3rd, 2007 9:29 am

    i beleiev govt of PAKIATAN i s left only with this option due to continuous govt vs judiciary conflict going on…..and perhaps govt was execting a dcision against it on Tuesday and the roclamation of emegency gives the right to the resident to day away with the decision of the court and definetly the grave situation of the country also demanded the imposition of emergency.MAY ALLAH BLESS OUR COUNTRY AND KEEP US SAVE FROM POLITICIANS LIKE BB AND NAWAZ SHARIF.

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