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Musharraf Arrests 500 Under Martial Law

Musharraf Arrests 500 Under Martial Law

MSNBC
November 5, 2007


A lawyer throws a teargas canister back towards police during protest
Monday in Lahore

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan – Police fired tear gas and clubbed lawyers protesting Monday against President Gen. Pervez Musharraf’s emergency rule. The U.S. and other nations called for elections to be held on schedule and said they were reviewing aid to Pakistan.

In the largest protest in the eastern city of Lahore, lawyers dressed in black suits and ties chanted “Musharraf, go!” as they defied the government’s ban on rallies. Some fought back with stones and tree branches.

The crackdown mainly targeted Musharraf’s most potent critics — the judiciary and lawyers, independent television stations and opposition activists. Opposition groups said 3,500 had been arrested, though the government reported half that total.

President Bush urged Musharraf to hold parliamentary elections as scheduled in January and relinquish his army post as soon as possible. “Our hope is that he will restore democracy as quickly as possible,” Bush said.

But there did not appear to be a unified position among senior government officials on whether they planned to hold the election as planned. The attorney general said the vote would take place as scheduled but then conceded there was a chance of a delay. The prime minister also left open the possibility of a delay.

The demonstrations so far have been limited largely to opposition activists, rights workers and lawyers angered by his attacks on the judiciary. There does not appear to be a groundswell of popular resistance and all the protests have been quickly and sometimes brutally stamped out.

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Former Pakistan PM: It’s a Second Coup

Herald Sun
November 5, 2007

FORMER Pakistani prime minister Benazir Bhutto has accused President Pervez Musharraf of staging a “second coup” which will only fuel radicalism in the nuclear-armed country.
Interviewed on US network CBS, Ms Bhutto said Pakistani judges and Opposition parties would not take the military ruler’s declaration of emergency rule “lying down”.

“I’m very disappointed that General Musharraf has suspended the constitution of our country and promulgated a provisional constitutional order,” she said, accusing him of staging a “second coup” after first seizing power in 1999.

“Ironically this is a coup conducted by General Musharraf against his own regime in a sense because he’s acted in his capacity as army chief to suspend the constitution and to declare a new provisional constitution.

“But I know that the judges are not going to take this lying down. The lawyers aren’t going to take this lying down. The political activists and party leaders are going to protest it,” Ms Bhutto said.

“It’s going to lead to an unnecessary confrontation between the regime and the people which only can help the extremists who will exploit the situation to their advantage.”

Speaking earlier on the BBC, Ms Bhutto did not rule out new power-sharing talks with Musharraf.

“I have always maintained that I want democracy and I want the people of Pakistan to choose their own leaders,” she said.

 

Pakistanis lose rights to free speech, assembly, property rights, lawyers

Raw Story
November 5, 2007

The Associated Press took a look at some of the restrictions of rights suspended by President George W. Bush’s key terrorism ally General Pervez Musharraf Sunday. They follow.

  • Protection of life and liberty.
  • The right to free movement.
  • The right of detainees to be informed of their offense and given access to lawyers.
  • Protection of property rights.
  • The right to assemble in public.
  • The right to free speech.
  • Equal rights for all citizens before law and equal legal protection.
  • Media coverage of suicide bombings and militant activity is curtailed by new rules. Broadcasters also face a three-year jail term if they “ridicule” members of the government or armed forces.

 

Former ISI chief Hamid Gul arrested

The Times of India
November 4, 2007

ISLAMABAD: Former chief of Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) Hamid Gul was arrested here on Sunday in continuing crackdown by the government in emergency-ruled Pakistan.

Gul was taken into custody by policemen who pushed him into a van and whisked him away, Geo TV reported.

“It is not an emergency, it’s martial law. One man has put the country at stake to save his rule,” the outspoken former spy chief said before he was taken away by the police from a public gathering here.

Gul’s arrest came amidst a crackdown by the government of President Pervez Musharraf on opposition leaders, senior lawyers and rights activists following the imposition of emergency on Saturday.

It was not immediately known why Gul had been arrested. The beleaguered military ruler has suspended key fundamental rights and given security agencies sweeping power to arrest or detain people without charges.

In the weeks before the imposition of emergency, Gul had been at the centre of a controversy after media reports suggested that he was one of the persons named by former premier Benazir Bhutto as posing a threat to her life.

Bhutto had named at least four such persons in a letter written to Musharraf two days before her return to Pakistan from self-exile on October 18, but she never publicly identified them.

Thousands Face Down Pakistan Police
http://www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=D8SNO2000&show_article=1

Musharraf plays his last ace
http://atimes.com/atimes/South_Asia/IK06Df01.html

Musharraf invokes Martial Law
http://www.reuters.com/article/newsOne/idUSCOL19928320071103

Musharraf Arrests Hundreds of Activists
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/7077443.stm?

Musharraf tries to stifle outcry over emergency
http://uk.news.yahoo.com/rtrs…emergency-43a8d4f_1.html

Pakistan’s Musharraf declares state of emergency
http://mparent7777-2.blogspot.com…eclares-state-of_03.html

 


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