Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf declares emergency rule in a TV appearance on Saturday.
If any further proof was needed that Pakistan represents a major global concern at present, President Pervez Musharraf just provided it by declaring a state of emergency and storming the Pakistani Supreme Court. Meanwhile, the U.S. is “deeply disturbed” by these developments.
The BBC’s Barbara Plett reports from Islamabad that fears had been growing in the government that the Supreme Court ruling [on the legality of his October election victory] could go against Gen Musharraf.
Former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, who recently returned to the country after years of self-exile to lead her party in planned parliamentary elections, was in Dubai on a personal visit when news of the declaration broke.
However, she immediately flew back to Karachi where she condemned Gen Musharraf’s decision.