Pakistan President Musharraf has declared a state of emergency today on the eve of Pakistan’s supreme court ruling on whether his recent election was legal. Musharraf declared this emergency after Taliban militants took 2 police stations over and more than 100 security officers as hostages.
Gen. Pervez Musharraf declared a state of emergency on Saturday, ahead of a crucial Supreme Court ruling on his future as president, thrusting the country deeper into political turmoil as it struggles with spreading Islamic militancy.
Seven Supreme Court judges immediately rejected the emergency, which suspended the current constitution. The government blocked transmissions of private news channels in several cities and telephone services in the capital, Islamabad, were cut.
“The chief of army staff has proclaimed a state of emergency and issued a provisional constitutional order,” a newscaster on state Pakistan TV said, adding that Musharraf would address the nation later Saturday.
This is a important time in Pakistan as Musharraf deals with an increasing Islamic insurgency. After last week’s attempt on ex Prime Minister Bhutto’s life, it is obvious that the insurgency is getting stronger.
We cannot lose Pakistan to Islamic militants. Pakistan has nuclear weapons and technology that would then be in the hands of Al Qaida and the Taliban. This would be a worse case scenario.
There are people on the left who complain about Musharraf, but, he is one of our greatest allies and has been almost killed several times.