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Emergency Declared in Pakistan

Posted on November 3, 2007
Filed Under >Owais Mughal, Law & Justice, Politics
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Owais Mughal

President Gen. Pervez Musharraf has declared a state of emergency in Pakistan on Saturday. It has now been announced at PTV. The emergency decision comes ahead of a crucial Supreme Court decision on whether to overturn his recent election win.

The news caster at PTV didn’t give any reasons for emergency but read the following text:

The chief of army staff has proclaimed a state of emergency and issued a provisional constitutional order.



Earlier, Pakistan’s private TV channels had suddenly gone off-air amid speculations that emergency was going to be imposed.

An earlier Reuters report which was among the first to break the news read:

Private television channels Geo News and Dawn News both ran reports quoting unnamed sources as saying the government had made its decision. Speculation has been rife that Musharraf, who is awaiting a Supreme Court ruling on whether he was eligible to run for re-election last month while still army chief, might impose emergency rule or martial law

This has not been the first time that government thought about imposing emergency. The idea has been flirted with from time to time. Rumors kept appearing from time to time from as early as August 8, 2007. We also had a post on this topic then.

According to CNN:

The Supreme Court has declared the state of emergency illegal, claiming Musharraf had no power to suspend the constitution, Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammed Chaudhry told CNN.

People were already sensing something was about to happen when Benazir suddenly left the country two days ago without even going to other provinces of the country except Sindh. It may be true that she indeed left Pakistan to be with her ailing mother but it never stops people from speculating. Also the earlier news where Government circles were advising Benazir not to come to Pakistan before Supreme Court decision now seem to put missing links to a continuum.


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According to Washington Post news:

The United States had tried to pressure Musharraf on Friday to avoid declaring emergency rule or martial law. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on Friday sent a warning to Musharraf not to take authoritarian measures to hold on to power. “I think it would be quite obvious that the United States would not be supportive of extra-constitutional means,” Rice said. “Pakistan needs to prepare for and hold free and fair elections.” That message was followed by a previously scheduled meeting between Musharraf and Adm. William J. Fallon, chief of the U.S. Central Command.

Complete text of emergency declaration can be read here

280 comments posted

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  1. June 17th, 2011 4:14 am

    we will succeed and will be on the top of the world and the day will com for justest

  2. November 8th, 2010 1:29 am

    well i dont know whats the future of Pakistan and whats this all happening every other day

  3. December 14th, 2007 5:36 am

    Emergency lifted today !!

  4. Aftab Ali says:
    December 12th, 2007 6:41 am

    I think it is vey wrong

  5. Adam Insaan says:
    November 11th, 2007 9:06 am

    …as said aforetime by others ;
    ” we will overcome………………”

  6. pervaiz mir says:
    November 9th, 2007 9:54 pm

    Destroyers OF PAKISTAN:- P M L Q , M Q M, MALIK Q AND OF COURSE THE PRESIDENT OF PAKISTAN.
    ANOTHER STAGE DRAMA:- SO CALLED SUPREME COURT FOR EARLY DISPOSAL OF CASES.ALL EFFORTS BEING MADE TO CURB JUSTICE IN PAKISTAN.
    MEDIA IN JAIL:-ANCHOR PERSONS BEING THREATENED
    LAWYERS ;-THOUSANDS OF LAWYERS IN JAIL.
    POLITICIANS :-THOUSANDS OF POLITICIANS IN JAIL.
    STILL THEY ARE CALLING IT EMERGENCY—–STRANGE

  7. Ed Persico says:
    November 9th, 2007 7:00 am

    good luck my friends, ur press has been silenced but not your voices

  8. Kamran Sikandar says:
    November 8th, 2007 2:46 pm

    Many posts talk about the suspension of the constitution as being a tragedy and some even go so far as calling the act as a second coup. I dont quite understand the reason for that.

    A state of emergency can be proclaimed under Part X Article 232 of the constitution. Follow the link

    http://www.pakistani.org/pakistan/constitution/part10.html

    This provision has not been put in the constitution by President Musharraf but by the political leaders when the constitution was framed. At that time PPP was in power and all parties went along with it.

    If this particular provision of the constitution is so abhorrent to the politicians , why did they (NS, BB and others) not remove it when they were in power?

    The fact of the matter is that conditions exist in the country that, in the opinion of the government, cannot be improved except by this step.

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