» 11/12/2007, 00.00
Musharraf imposes martial law, not a state of emergency
The president of Pakistan’s Human Rights Commission makes the charges, stressing the unconstitutionality of the action and how it violates the population’s human rights. Bhutto ends power-sharing talks with the general.
People celebrate as war in the north and the economy worry post-Musharraf Pakistan
As the dictatorship end (almost) painlessly, people hand out sweets and release balloons. Rhetoric aside the government must now tackle real problems like the radical Islamist revolt in the north, the high number of displaced people and unemployment.
Delay “expected” in Pakistan Election
A ruling party spokesman proposes postponing the poll. Election Commission will announce its decision tomorrow. The Pakistan People’s Party appoints Ms Bhutto’s son as her official successor, says it is ready for the 8 January poll. Human Rights Commission of Pakistan accuses Musharraf of involvement in the assassination, calls on the United Nations to conduct an independent inquiry.
Supreme Court upholds Musharraf’s election
The justices, appointed after the state of emergency came into effect, have rejected all appeals against the general’s election. His resignation as army chief should come shortly. Nawaz Sharif is expected to return and run in the 8 January elections.
Musharraf announces end to the state of emergency
In his first address to the nation as a civilian president, Musharraf announces that the state of emergency will be lifted on 16 December. Washington praises the decision whilst Pakistan’s pro-democracy parties say they will boycott upcoming elections.
Judge Chaudhry calls for a popular “uprising”
Sacked Chief justice calls on Pakistanis to take to the streets in protest. Despite the crackdown demonstrations against the state of emergency continue. About one lawyer in four has been placed under arrest. Government makes vague pledges about the upcoming scheduled parliamentary elections. United states calls on Musharraf to quit as army chief. Minorities warn that by his actions the president is weakening the moderates and strengthening the extremists.
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