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Ear to the Ground

Pakistan May Crack Down on Freedoms

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Posted on Aug 8, 2007
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Under fire: Protesters burn an image of President Musharraf in 2006. His reign has been challenged recently by mounting unpopularity.

The Pakistani government may declare a state of emergency, which would grant it extraordinary powers, limit civil liberties and extend the political lifespan of embattled President Gen. Pervez Musharraf.


BBC:

Tariq Azeem conceded that the issue was being discussed, as Pakistani TV channels reported that a declaration state of emergency was imminent.

An emergency would limit the role of the courts, restrict civil liberties and curb freedom of expression.

Earlier, Pakistan’s president said he would not attend a tribal council in Afghanistan on combating the Taleban.

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By Bill Abernathy, August 10, 2007 at 9:25 am Link to this comment

#93644 by Douglas Chalmers on 8/10 at 3:56 am “Perhaps not and perhaps Pakistan is keen to get itself an arms deal with the USA too”

I think you make a good point about arms. Now we know of course martial was not declared, and I think for good reason.

I think Covert action, as Obama proposes would be a disaster. Not only would it enrage the tribal regions and the Islamo-Nazis, but also the nationalists in the country.

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By Douglas Chalmers, August 10, 2007 at 4:56 am Link to this comment

93429 by Bill Abernathy on 8/09 at 8:28 am: “...It’s good to see a little gentle pressure from America has worked…now they will be able to better go after the sleaze bag goat loving al-Qaeda and the Taliban….”

Perhaps not and perhaps Pakistan is keen to get itself an arms deal with the USA too. A lot of negotiating has been going on in past weeks and Condi Rice is a latecomer to the main game.

Quote BBC: “The emergency is a big step and the government should think twice before enforcing it,” said former Prime Minister and PPP leader Benazir Bhutto….”

Ms. Bhutto is the real force behind the scenes once again and she would be only too keen to have Condi bring her Barack Obama’s head on a plate after his recent threats about Pakistan. Check the links http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2007/07/31/1992332.htm

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By jatihoon, August 9, 2007 at 2:58 pm Link to this comment

Give Democracy a chance.

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By Marshall, August 9, 2007 at 2:53 pm Link to this comment

Maybe Pakistan is conceeding that it needs some help cracking down on Taliban/AQ camps in the border regions and won’t be so reluctant to allow the coalition to venture into those areas.  This needs to be done because that region has become the new, old Afghanistan.

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By Bill Abernathy, August 9, 2007 at 9:28 am Link to this comment

It’s good to see a little gentle pressure from America has worked…now they will be able to better go after the sleaze bag goat loving al-Qaeda and the Taliban.

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By Skruff, August 9, 2007 at 7:49 am Link to this comment
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One has to have been to Pakistan to appriciate the joke:

What freedom?

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By Douglas Chalmers, August 9, 2007 at 4:48 am Link to this comment

#93352 by anthony bauwens on 8/09 at 3:35 am: “...Putting his country on emergency tells us he is scared of something…”

Musharraf is so scared that he has even tried to bring back Ms. Benazir Bhutto in some kind of power-sharing arrangement as she is still popular. The problem is that he is also scared that she will have his balls cut off for what the military and the establishment did to her and her father before her.

Quote Wiki: “Benazir Bhutto ...was the first woman to lead a post-colonial Muslim state. Bhutto was elected Prime Minister of Pakistan in 1988, to be deposed just 20 months later by the president Ghulam Ishaq Khan on allegations of corruption… Ishaq used the Eighth Amendment to dissolve parliament and force an election. She was re-elected in 1993 but was dismissed three years later amid… corruption scandals by then president Farooq Leghari, who also used the Eighth Amendment discretionary powers…..  Recently, Bhutto has repeatedly said through the media that she will return to Pakistan in the latter half of this year, 2007…... Benazir Bhutto is the eldest child of the deposed Pakistani premier Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and Begum Nusrat Bhutto, who was of Kurdish-Iranian origin. Benazir studied PPE at Oxford University and also has a degree from Harvard University….” http://www.abc.net.au/news/photos/2007/07/30/1991458.htm

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By anthony bauwens, August 9, 2007 at 4:35 am Link to this comment

Putting his country on emergency tells us he is scared of something?

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By anthony bauwens, August 9, 2007 at 4:29 am Link to this comment

There will be a regime change there in fact alot of agendas are tuned in on Musharraff to see if he is with us or not..

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By rowdy, August 8, 2007 at 9:38 pm Link to this comment

as one dictator to another, when bush and musharraf get together,do you suppose they eat shit directly from each others’ ass?

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By DennisD, August 8, 2007 at 9:12 pm Link to this comment
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Sounds familiar. The Bu$h Inc. doctrine is truly succeeding worldwide. Spread fear, create dependence and gain total control of the populace. The worldwide oligarchy, which previously preferred to be hidden, is spreading its wings for all to see. Now the question is will we do anything about it.

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By farmertx, August 8, 2007 at 8:43 pm Link to this comment

Guess Musharraf has been taking lessons from the Shrub.
Now, will this give the Shrub his reason to declare martial law; because they did it first? Never mind that they are an alledged ally of the US.

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By kevin99999, August 8, 2007 at 7:53 pm Link to this comment
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Musharaff is as corrupt a leader as our own. He will do anything to stay in power.

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By QuyTran, August 8, 2007 at 6:52 pm Link to this comment

This nation was under state of emergency when Musharraf seized the power.

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