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Top Judge Calls for 'Rise Up' Against Musharraf's Emergency Rule

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posted on Nov, 6 2007 @ 06:50 AM

Top Judge Calls for 'Rise Up' Against Musharraf's Emergency Rule

Pakistan's sacked chief justice has called for the people to "rise up" and restore the constitution.

In a telephone address to lawyers in Islamabad, Iftikhar Chaudhry criticised President Pervez Musharraf, who imposed a state of emergency on Saturday.

He said the constitution had been "ripped to shreds" by Gen Musharraf and added it was now "time for sacrifices".

US President George W Bush has called on Gen Musharraf to end the emergency and restore democratic civilian rule.
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posted on Nov, 6 2007 @ 06:50 AM
Lawyers and political opponents are rallying for three days and are calling for strikes. In his address judge Chaudhry said:
"The lawyers should convey my message to the people to rise up and restore the constitution".

The lawyers chanted slogans such as "There will be war till the constitution is restored" and "Chaudhry we are ready to die for you".

You can't imagine something like that happen in America - or Europe. It is happening in another world from there. A world not even CIA has much control over.

No, it won't go down well in Washington, what is about to happen to Pakistan. They don't know what to do.

As this note from Bloomberg shows.

Musharraf's Emergency Decree Leaves U.S. Waiting for Outcome

Nov. 6 (Bloomberg) -- The U.S. doesn't have enough information to predict the outcome of events in Pakistan or whether President Pervez Musharraf can hold on to power, according to a Bush administration official.

The Bush administration is being forced to await developments over the next few days to see whether a prime ally in the fight against terrorism, and a nuclear-armed nation, returns to stability, said the official, who briefed reporters yesterday on condition of anonymity.

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With an intelligence apperatus partly in favor of Al Qaida I wonder what kind of offers the Americans will be giving Musharraf, what else do they have? Threats of removing (military) aid is hardly an option with China in the corridor happy to suply what they would miss from US.

"Forced to await developments" isn't Washington's usual style. something they don't know ...or they simply don't understand.

Nor do I, except that this can be bloody.
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posted on Nov, 6 2007 @ 11:04 PM
A testamony on Madrasas and U.S. Aid to Pakistan before the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on National Security and Foreign Affairs

Lacking a civilian constituency, Musharraf remains as dependent today on the religious parties, particularly his coalition partner in the Balochistan government, the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI), the pro-Taliban party, and the major partner in the MMA alliance, to counter his moderate civilian opposition. The JUI runs the largest network of Deobandi madrasas in Pakistan. Not only are most sectarian, jihadi madrasas associated with the Deobandi sect, the JUI’s madrasa network also provides sanctuary, support and recruits to the Taliban and their Pakistani militant allies. The JUI-led Balochistan and NWFP governments also actively promote religious vigilantism and are responsible for the creeping Talibanization of Pakistan’s predominantly Pashtun tribal belt.

The military’s policy of appeasing homegrown militants in Pakistan’s tribal belt has focused on peace deals that have amnestied pro-Taliban militants. The military’s virtual retreat to the barracks, ceding control over this strategic region bordering on Afghanistan to the Islamist radicals, has given the Taliban a secure base of operations. Emboldened Taliban and their Pakistani allies are now targeting U.S. and Afghan troops across the border and imposing oppressive Taliban-style policing and court systems in Pakistan’s Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA). The implications of the military government’s policies are more than evident.

So the strategy of Musharraf is to hand feed the religious extremists, when represented in parlament to secure their support.

This double headed dog is clearly serving two masters, the extremists and their sectarian agenda, and Washington, his ally in the fight against the very same agenda.

No wonder White House is unable to predict his moves, and more significant don't have any counter meassures against them except nuking, like Armitrage threatened to do if they didn't join the WoT. No matter true intentions, you join under such a threat.

The bad blood of the family runs stronger however than the thin infuted stuff given by the alliance.

The problem with Pakistan is, as an entity it can hardly be called a nation. It is, in same way as with Iraq, a purely artificial construction only set up by the former imperial powers to take them out the mess. That strategy of dealing with symptoms instead of cause is now, half a century later coming back to haunt the very same powers.

Pakistn is made up of people of such ethnic diversity as Sinds (Iranian), Punjabis (Brahman), Pasthuns (Afghan) beside a myriad of tribes of Uzbek, Turk, Mongolian and other origines. That Pakistan is a tribal society makes loyalty to a central government practically impossible. Balochistan, the biggest province is a good example.

Musharraf’s authoritarian rule has deprived them of participatory, representative avenues to articulate demands and to voice grievances. Politically and economically marginalised, many Baloch see the insurgency as a defensive response to the perceived colonisation of their province by the Punjabi-dominated military.

From Pakistan: The Worsening Conflict in Balochistan.

The opening argument of the article goes:

The killing of Baloch leader Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti in August 2006 sparked riots and will likely lead to more confrontation. The conflict could escalate if the government insists on seeking a military solution to what is a political problem and the international community, especially the U.S., fails to recognise the price that is involved for security in neighbouring Afghanistan.

Actually the key to the parliamentary dependence of generally Taliban friendly Pasthuns lies in Balochistan. A further alienation to Islamabad in its plans for development of the province is emminent. Those plans include:

exploitation of Balochistan’s natural resources without giving the province its due share;
construction of further military garrisons to strengthen an already extensive network of military bases; and
centrally driven and controlled economic projects, such as the Gwadar deep sea port, that do not benefit locals but raise fears that the resulting influx of economic migrants could make the Baloch a minority in their homeland.


Reliance on the Pashtun religious parties to counter its Baloch opposition has strengthened Pashtun Islamist forces at the cost of the moderate Baloch. With their chief Pakistani patron, Fazlur Rehman’s Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam running the Balochistan government in alliance with Musharraf’s Muslim League (Quaid-i-Azam), a reinvigorated Afghan and Pakistani Taliban are attacking international forces and the Kabul government across Balochistan’s border with Afghanistan. But the international community, particularly the U.S. and its Western allies, seem to ignore the domestic and regional implications of the Balochistan conflict, instead placing their faith in a military government that is targeting the anti-Taliban Baloch and Pashtuns and rewarding pro-Taliban Pashtun parties.

With the federal government refusing to compromise with its Baloch opponents, intent on a military solution to a political problem and ignoring local stakeholders in framing political and economic policies, the directions of the conflict are clear. The military can retain control over Balochistan’s territory through sheer force, but it cannot defeat an insurgency that has local support.

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I'm afraid that's what it's going to end up in, insurgency. Tribal groups between and against the central government, as well as any occupational forces.

Pakistan, a word coined as late as 1934, will hardly have an enduring existence among states, I am afraid. The emergency decree might be the prelude to an end.

posted on Nov, 8 2007 @ 11:07 AM
Musharraf vows polls in February Nothing more than oil poured on troubled water, in a hope to calm down PKK's announced massrally in Rawalpindi on Friday. I thought I would post some important links on Pakistan and its crises before then.

The authorities have warned that police will not allow the Rawalpindi demonstration to go ahead.

Rawalpindi mayor Javed Akhlas said: "We will ensure that they don't violate the ban on rallies, and if they do it, the government will take action according to the law."

He told the Associated Press news agency there was a "strong threat" of another suicide bomb attack against Ms Bhutto, who survived an assassination attempt in Karachi on 18 October that killed more than 140 people.

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Please visit the link provided for the complete story.

Ms Bhutto have declared to go ahead with rallies till her demands are met. They are Musharraf steps down as chief ofarmy and elections held in January, beside the arrested opposition from the battle with the lawyers to be released immediately.

Those arrested include the president of the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) Aitzaz Ahsan. He and two former SCBA presidents, Munir A. Malik and Tariq Mahmood, have been ordered imprisoned for one month each under the preventive detention laws.

The president of the Lahore High Court bar association, Ahsan Bhoon, and former bar leader Ali Ahmed Kurd are also under arrest. Other presidents of various bar associations and activists like the secretary-general of the Labour Party Pakistan, Farooq Tariq, are in hiding.

Civil rights activists question Musharraf's claim that he imposed a state of emergency because of the crisis caused by militancy and a hostile judiciary. The text of the Provisional Constitution Order (PCO) declaring the emergency focuses more on "judicial activism" that Musharraf said had negatively impacted the "morale" of the administration and the law enforcement agencies.

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The other two articles is about US involvement, which since 9/11 have been practically chessmate and a very little turn back on their terror fighting dollars to Pakistan.

Washington - Despite billions of dollars in U.S. military payments to Pakistan over the last six years, the paramilitary force leading the pursuit of Al Qaeda militants remains underfunded, poorly trained and overwhelmingly outgunned, U.S. military and intelligence officials said.

Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf cited the rising militant threat in declaring a state of emergency on Saturday and suspending the constitution.

But rather than use the more than $7 billion in U.S. military aid to bolster its counter-terrorism capabilities, Pakistan has spent the bulk of it on heavy arms, aircraft and equipment that U.S. officials say are far more suited for conventional warfare with India, its regional rival.


U.S. officials have urged Pakistan to move more aggressively against militants and bolster the capabilities of the Frontier Corps, an indigenously recruited force of about 80,000 troops, half of them based in the tribal areas, that was formed under British rule and is traditionally used to guard the border and curb smuggling.


Pakistan has recently indicated that it will enlarge the corps and expand its role in pursuing Al Qaeda. But because the Frontier Corps has been all but shut off from U.S. military aid and payments to Pakistan, U.S. officials said the new strategy amounts in some ways to starting from scratch more than six years after the Sept. 11 attacks.

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It's never too late, not when you don't know what to do anyway.

A French OP on Washington's situation. The Pakistani Accident

Since the imposition of a state of emergency on Saturday, the White House says it is "concerned" and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice declares herself to be "disappointed" by what is happening in Pakistan.

Now these are quite weak terms to describe the point to which the sudden hardening of the Pervez Musharraf regime smashes the entire apparatus of American foreign policy in another one of those dead ends that have become the favored whereabouts of the Bush administration.


All that without even mentioning some troubling subsidiary questions:

One: How has the $11 billion the American Treasury has cabled to Musharraf's palace since 2001 been spent? With what degree of loyalty and conviction have the Pakistani Army and secret services pursued that good old "war against terrorism" to which their government committed itself for that $11 billion remuneration? And where is Osama bin Ladin, again?

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Anything can happen Friday.

posted on Nov, 9 2007 @ 04:25 AM
Bhutto's House Surrounded by Police

Today's massrally in Rawalpindi has been hindred by authorities.

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Friday, Nov. 9 —Gen. Pervez Musharraf’s security forces widened their crackdown today, trying to prevent the leader of the main opposition party, Benazir Bhutto, from attending a mass protest planned for the afternoon.

Hours before the scheduled rally, lines of police officers turned Ms. Bhutto’s house in Islamabad into a fortress, placing concrete barriers and barbed wire at the entrance road and said she would not be permitted to attend. But her party said there was no formal order of detention.

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Security reasons are stated, and I very well understand that, the fragile constuction of Pakistan has never been at greater risk.

Pakistani Deputy Information Minister Tariq Azim told the BBC that she was being held "for her own security".

Police say suicide bombers were planning to target the Rawalpindi rally. Last month Ms Bhutto survived an assassination attempt in Karachi that killed nearly 140 people.

"She is being asked not to take out this rally or procession in view of the security threats that we have and keeping in mind what happened (on) 18 October," Mr Azim said.


Meanwhile the man sacked by Gen Musharraf as chief justice of the Supreme Court, Iftikhar Chaudhry, has called on Pakistanis to forget their differences and stand up for the supremacy of the constitution.

Speaking to the BBC, Justice Chaudhry said an independent judiciary was essential for democracy:

"The new chief justice and judges do not have a lawful constitutional position. As far as running any sort of campaign on the streets is concerned, our campaign will be run by the 160 million people of Pakistan and the political parties," he said.

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It's hard to keep law and order in a country where lawyers throw stones at the police.

posted on Nov, 13 2007 @ 07:25 AM
Today the march from Lahore to Islamabad should have been launched, as it was proclaimed by Bhutto. Like in the case of the intended massrally, massive police presence hindered any attemp.

Bhutto calls on Musharraf to quit

The police say the planned march defies emergency laws and that Ms Bhutto's personal safety is under threat. In response Ms Bhutto extended her previous demands for free elections and an end to emergency rule, and for the first time called for Gen Musharraf to quit.

In interviews with the BBC, she said the Pakistani people had lost confidence in Gen Musharraf's ability to steer the country towards democracy.

"It's time for him to leave," she said.

"He has lost the confidence of the people of Pakistan... He is unable to give the nation a fair election... He is bent on maintaining and sustaining a dictatorship," she said. It is the second time Benazir Bhutto has been stopped from marching

She confirmed there were "no circumstances" in which she would serve as prime minister if Gen Musharraf remained president.

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Bhutto herself said this in a hardened statement from, what is now her official house arrest in Lahore. Huge demonstrations are taking place there continiously.

Until now, neither opposition activists nor lawyers, who spearheaded previous protests against emergency rule, have participated in the demonstrations outside Ms Bhutto's house - reflecting their suspicions that she is still dealing with Gen Musharraf.

Ms Bhutto says she still wants the 270km (170-mile) march from Lahore to Islamabad to go ahead.

But a senior Lahore police official told Reuters news agency: "Her residence is an official jail now.

"If [her supporters] try to take the law into their own hands, then we will resort to all means necessary, including charging with batons and tear gas."

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As for the lawyers, who started their protest about a week ago, here's an article on how
Intelligentsia Finds Ways to Beat Emergency Rule

Families and friends expected the detainees to be released sooner. Many belong to the intellectual and social cream of society -- professors, lawyers, journalists, artists, economists, former ministers and retired army officials. But their powerful connections were useless this time. The relative of one detained activist who managed to get through to a ‘very high level official’ was told that the local and provincial administration was helpless. "The orders came from the very top, to teach these people a lesson," the official reportedly said.

The regime has been particularly brutal on the legal community for refusing to accept new judges sworn in under emergency orders. The judges of the superior courts who refused to take oath under these orders were placed under house arrest and thousands of lawyers imprisoned around the country. Many were brutally beaten before being hauled off. Hundreds have been charged under the anti-terrorism laws.

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posted on Nov, 17 2007 @ 01:56 AM
Negroponte in Pakistan

Ms Bhutto has been freed from house arrest and presses on with her demands of end to emergency rule, Musharraf step down as head of armay and elections on time.

USA have finally taken action, they have sent hitman John Negroponte.

Meanwhile Musharraf has been on.

In an interview with BBC Radio 4's Today programme, Gen Musharraf demanded an explanation for his portrayal in the Western media in recent months.

"Did I go mad..? Or suddenly, my personality changed? Am I Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde?" he asked.

"Have I done anything constitutionally illegal? Yes, I did it on 3 November," he said, referring to his imposition of emergency rule. "But did I do it before? Not once."

"Who is trying to derail the political and democratic process? Am I? Or is it some elements in the Supreme Court - the chief justice and his coterie... and now some elements in the political field?"

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He claims Ms Bhutto's party stands to lose as it is now, but in an effort to gain attention for her agitation she wants to stir up trouble.

Gen Musharraf said she was "the darling of the West" but that "she would not like to go into an election because her party is not in a state to win at all".

"Therefore, I will certainly go for the election, in spite of any agitation by her. We will not allow her that," he said.

Ms Bhutto, who was released from house arrest on Friday, has said that she will meet other opposition leaders to discuss a boycott of January's assembly elections.

Gen Musharraf is due to meet US Deputy Secretary of State John Negroponte on Saturday to discuss the deepening political crisis.

Mr Negroponte arrived in Pakistan on Friday and spoke on the telephone to Ms Bhutto, telling her "moderate forces" should work together to get Pakistan back to democracy.

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No need for threatning to nuke ...yet.

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