Sunday, 4 November, 2007

WATZ going on???

One day everything seems fine and the next day,we find that Musharraf suddenly declares an emergency in Pakistan!Although if the reactions of the US are to be taken into account,then it was already aware of the crisis that was to shortly befall the country.

The TOI reports

Washington though clearly had the inside scoop on Musharraf's impending moves. Besides sending Fallon and Jordan's King Abdulla to persuade Musharraf not to go down the Emergency route, the US also baled out its current prima donna Benazir Bhutto, who fled to Dubai hours before the military action, ostensibly to meet her family.

But the scuttlebutt in Islamabad and Washington is that Benazir -- and the US -- knew the crackdown was coming, and she was advised to leave. How Washington will handle this public defiance by Musharraf of the line it laid down -- besides defying popular opinion in Pakistan -- will unravel over the next week.

This came as an extreme surprise to India.Although the sudden move of Bhutto to Dubai to "meet her family" should've rung an alarming bell,yet not much attention was paid towards it.

But,the question that remains is,Why,was the emergency declared?According to Musharraf,the deteriorating security and the "interference beyond endurance" of the judiciary in the political matters of the country forced him to impose an emergency.At this point,we may as well remember the case of Chief Justice Iftikhar Choudhary,who had been removed for a brief period earlier and had fought it out in the court and won back his position.But this time,when a panel of 8 judges headed by Iftikhar Choudhary condemned the move and rejected it, using the emergency as an excuse,Gen has removed him from his post and instead appointed someone else,no doubt one who would do his bidding and carrying!

This is what rediff has to report:

In a statement, Musharraf said: 'There has been increasing interference by some members of the judiciary in government policy, adversely affecting economic growth in particular. Constant interference in executive functions, not limited to the control of terrorist activity, economic policy, price controls, downsizing of corporations and urban planning, has weakened the writ of the government, the police force has been completely demoralized and is fast losing its efficacy to fight terrorism and intelligence agencies have been thwarted in their activities and prevented from pursuing terrorists.'

'Some hardcore militants, extremists, terrorists and suicide bombers who were arrested and being investigated were ordered to be released. The persons so released have subsequently been involved in heinous terrorist activities, resulting in loss of human life and property. Militants across the country have thus been encouraged while law enforcement agencies subdued.'
'The humiliating treatment meted to government officials by some members of the judiciary on a routine basis during court proceeding has demoralized the civil bureaucracy and senior government functionaries, to avoid being harassed, prefer inaction.'

'The law and order situation in the country as well as the economy have been adversely affected and trichotomy of powers eroded; Whereas a situation has thus arisen where the government of the country cannot be carried on in accordance with the constitution and as the constitution provides no solution for this situation, there is no way out except through emergent and extraordinary measures.'

In short,Musharraf's not happy with the way the law and order situation was being handled by the court,leaving no place for his dicatorship!

After the declaration of the emergency,Pakistan has been cut off from the rest of the world with the phone lines being cut off,the mobile services being disrupted and the private channels being taken off air i.e. they don't want the rest of the world to know what's going on and they don't
want anybody to be able to do so.

Next:A lot more on the other aspects of the issue!

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