Faced with increasing violence and unrest, Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf on Saturday declared a state of emergency, government sources told CNN.This is very bad. It will be interesting to see if Benazir Bhutto is allowed to re-enter the country, she just left for Dubai to visit family again, or if the Supreme Court is allowed to go to work when it is next scheduled to meet.
Musharraf issued a provisional constitutional order proclaiming the emergency and suspending the nation's constitution, according to a statement read on state television.
The Supreme Court has declared the state of emergency illegal, claiming Musharraf had no power to suspend the constitution, Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammed Chaudhry told CNN.
In Islamabad, troops entered the Supreme Court and were surrounding the judges' homes, according to CNN's Syed Mohsin Naqvi.
Everyone should remember that this is our "great ally in the global war on terror" where, according to President Bush last year
We support democracy in Pakistan. President Musharraf understands that in the long run, the way to defeat terrorists is to replace an ideology of hatred with an ideology of hope. And I thank you for your extensive briefing today on your plans to spread freedom throughout your country. President Musharraf envisions a modern state that provides an alternative to radicalism.
The elections scheduled for 2007 are a great opportunity for Pakistan. The President understands these elections need to be open and honest. America will continue to working -- working with Pakistan to lay the foundations of democracy. And I appreciate your commitment.
Open and honest elections and if he doesnt like the results .. declare martial law. Heckuva democracy they have there.
I guess we just have to take him at his word, from the same press conference, that
I will never violate the constitution of Pakistan.