State of emergency may soon be lifted

Saturday 10th November 2007

State of emergency may soon be lifted

Just one week after a state of emergency was imposed in Pakistan, there are signs that it could be lifted soon. There is also talk of the news channels being allowed back on air again, though it is likely that they have had to agree to a number of new guidelines that were being drawn up by PEMRA (the electronic media regulatory authority).

Whatever course things take from here, President Musharraf seems to have made one mistake too many and alienated many people in doing so. I'm not sure who is to blame here. The General for being too soft a dictator and making some terrible political mistakes or the politicians and judges for stirring up trouble whenever the opportunity presented itself. For the common man, all have been nothing but a nuisance.

Here's a piece titled Deja Vu in Pakistan power struggle about interviews that the correspondent conducted with former prime minister Benazir, before and after Musharraf took control. Some interesting comparisons.

When considering the current state of affairs, this article about Pakistan and its Army has an interesting point of view (thanks Jim W for sharing it). It starts off with some background history and then goes into details of what military rule means for Pakistan and what the chances of everything plunging into chaos are.

Whether Musharraf himself survives is not a historically significant issue. What is significant is whether Pakistan will fall into internal chaos or civil war, or fragment into smaller states
As long as the generals are united and the troops remain under control, the existence of the regime is guaranteed ...... Under these conditions, with or without Musharraf, with or without democracy, Pakistan will survive.

Though many would disagree with some of the points made, it all kind of makes sense and generally puts Pakistan in a more positive light than how it currently appears to the outside world.

 

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On 10th November 2007, at 21:08pm PKT, Abdur Rab Azeemi said:

In my opinion General Pervaiz Musharraf has been pushed to the wall. In actuality he had two options left, one was to step down or to proclaim emergency in the country. Obviously, he is not ready to step down so he selected the other option left. For detailed analysis I will refer to my post at http://zaveia.blogspot.com/2007/11/emergency-in-pakistan-last-hope-for.html

On 21st November 2007, at 22:29pm PKT, Fahad said:

Well, i hope musharraf leaves pakistan asap, so that this country can work towards a better islamic future IF a good government comes into power.....

On 21st November 2007, at 22:29pm PKT, Fahad said:

Well, i hope musharraf leaves pakistan asap, so that this country can work towards a better islamic future IF a good government comes into power.....