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Musharraf invokes Martial Law

Musharraf invokes Martial Law

Reuters
November 3, 2007

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf imposed a state of emergency in a bid to end an eight-month crisis over his rule fuelled by challenges from a hostile judiciary, Islamist militants and political rivals.

General Musharraf said he decided to act on Saturday in response to a rise in extremism and what he called the paralysis of government by judicial interference.

“I fear that if timely action is not taken, then God forbid there is a threat to Pakistan’s sovereignty,” he said in a midnight televised address, after purging the Supreme Court and rounding up lawyers opposed to him.

“I cannot allow this country to commit suicide.”

There had been increasing speculation that Musharraf, who seized power in a 1999 coup, might declare an emergency rather than run the risk the Supreme Court would rule against his re-election as president last month.

The United States, a staunch Musharraf ally, called the measure “very disappointing”. Musharraf’s announcement effectively dashed U.S. hopes that parliamentary elections due in January would mark a transition to civilian-led democracy.

In the capital Islamabad, armored personnel carriers and military trucks patrolled the streets while roadblocks with metal barriers were set up on the main thoroughfares.

Nuclear-armed Pakistan’s internal security has deteriorated sharply in recent months with a wave of suicide attacks, including an assassination attempt on former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto last month that killed 139 people.

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