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Pakistani PM:  Elections Will Be Held on Schedule

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Posted on Nov 5, 2007
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Paramilitary troops patrol the grounds outside the presidential office in Islamabad, Pakistan, on Monday.

Despite President Pervez Musharraf’s imposition of emergency rule in Pakistan over the weekend, and amid widespread arrests and protests on the domestic front and criticism from the international community, Pakistan will still hold parliamentary elections in January as planned, according to Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz.


BBC:

Attorney-General Malik Abdul Qayyum was more specific.

“It has been decided there will be no delay in the election and by 15 November these assemblies will be dissolved and the election will be held within the next 60 days,” he told Reuters news agency.

Pakistan had come under heavy international pressure after Gen Musharraf imposed emergency rule on Saturday.

“We believe that the best path for Pakistan is to quickly return to a constitutional path and then to hold elections,” US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said during a visit to the Middle East.

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By rodney, November 7, 2007 at 10:13 am Link to this comment
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If Mussarrif is smart he will hire Jeb Bush and Katherine Harris to oversee the election results.

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By Douglas Chalmers, November 6, 2007 at 2:15 am Link to this comment

Quote: “Elections will be held on schedule” WILL THEY???

Bush: “Politics is local - how can I use this to my advantage…?”

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By jbart, November 5, 2007 at 4:46 pm Link to this comment
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Here’s a thought…...Maybe our “Imbecile-in-Charge” (a.k.a. The Decider)is using this “neo-con move” in Pakistan to “check out” our reaction and, in his infinite wisdom, is attepting to condition the American public before doing the same here.  Namely, the suspension of elections and “adopting” liberal interpretatioms of Constitutional Law. My fellow citizens, I’m getting a little bit anxious. I’m not paranoid, by nature.  But, things just keep getting “curioser & curioser” !!

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