Musharraf declares emergency rule in Pakistan; Update: Chief justice arrested; Update: Pakistan considers shari’a in tribal area? Update: Troops deployed to Bhutto’s house

posted at 10:23 am on November 3, 2007 by Allahpundit

It’s a coup.

The Pakistani leader, Gen. Pervez Musharraf, declared a state of emergency about 6 p.m. local time today, Pakistani television reported.

All members of the Supreme Court will be required to sign a new provisional constitutional order mandating the state of emergency. It is widely believed that any judge failing to do so will be dismissed.

The declaration came days before the Supreme Court was expected to rule on the constitutionality of General Musharraf’s re-election as president last month and of his ability to serve as both the country’s president and military leader…

A Pakistani intelligence official said that a list had been prepared of prominent Pakistani journalists and opposition politicians who would be detained.

The Beeb claims that police have surrounded the Supreme Court building and that independent media is off the air. Read through the Times piece and you’ll see that the pretext being used is the jihadi offensive in the tribal areas. Needless to say, the real reason is Musharraf’s fear that the Court is going to bounce him as president. Condi Rice and Adm. Fallon warned him yesterday not to do it. You see what we get for our money.

We didn’t blog much about it but the biggest blow to Musharraf’s authority this year didn’t come from the Taliban, it came from his political standoff with the country’s chief justice, whom he dismissed on an apparently trumped-up corruption charge in an earlier bid to intimidate the Court — and saw it blow up in his face when mass protests were held and the Court reinstated the chief justice. I thought between that, the return of Benazir Bhutto from exile, and the disaffection within the Pakistani army at the campaign against the Taliban that Musharraf would have to keep his nose clean from now on. Instead he’s doubled down. And since he’s relying entirely now on the military for his authority, he’ll have to address that disaffection by scaling back the campaign in the tribal areas. Which means we might as well finally turn off the tap of that military funding that’s brought us jack squat for the past 4-5 years.

Your obvious exit question: What now?

Update: Yup, it’s a coup.

The chief justice of the Supreme Court, Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, was removed from his job and placed under house arrest. Musharraf had suspended the judge earlier this year, but he was later reinstated.

“This is a very fateful day for the country. Pakistan is in deep, deep crisis,” said Aitzaz Ahsan, Chaudhry’s attorney. “It is one man against the nation.” Ahsan said that he expected to be arrested later Saturday night…

The declaration is expected to bring on a wave of extremist attacks that have roiled the country in recent months, with increasingly large swaths of territory falling under the sway of insurgents.

Update: Eight justices of the Pakistani Supreme Court have declared the emergency order illegal and ordered the government not to comply with it.

Update: Via Weasel Zippers, that sure didn’t take long. War is over, if you want it…

Pakistan is considering enforcement of Islamic laws in Pakistan’s north-western Swat valley to meet the demands of pro-Taliban militants who briefly seized and then released around 100 security personnel after nine days’ fierce fighting that left more than 200 people dead. “The government is considering the implementation of Sharia law in the view of the demands of the local people,” said Ali Muhammad Jan Aurakzai, governor of the North-West Frontier Province (NWFP) in which the valley is situated…

Earlier, the rebels surrounded and disarmed 48 paramilitary soldiers on Thursday, who were released again Friday.

“We did not want to fight these Muslim brothers (militants) who are striving for the enforcement of Islamic sharia (law),” a captive told reporters before the release.

Update: High drama in Karachi. Bhutto’s just arrived, having flown back from Dubai. Minor problem, though:

Pakistani opposition leader Benazir Bhutto was sitting on a plane at Karachi airport Saturday following a decision by the government to impose a state of emergency, her spokesman said, as paramilitary troops started deploying in front of her house.

«She is waiting to see if she is going to be arrested or deported,» Wajid Hasan said after speaking to the former Pakistani prime minister by telephone from London.


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Musharraf was never a friend to America. He just wanted our money and our weapons. He was always in the pocket of the jihadis

Not the way I see it. I think he has done a good job and is our ally. He’s dealing with a difficult situation where half his own country are turning into fundamentalist jihadi nutballs. Pakistan has been run by the military most of the time anyway. The funny part about this so-called coup is that the leader stays the same, and he became leader in a coup to begin with. Some coup. Hope he succeeds. As far as Muslim allies go, he’s near the top of the list.

JiangxiDad on November 3, 2007 at 5:40 PM

Jeezer Louise! We can’t even have productive diplomatic relations with our allies! How does Hillary and the rest of the traitorous dems think diplomacy is going to work with Iran? It appears that the ONLY thing Muslims understand is a good swift kick in the a$$ and the reps are the only ones willing to administer it.

csdeven on November 3, 2007 at 5:42 PM

Musharraf has been playing footsies with the jihadis trying to appease them. Exactly what the democrats want us to do in Iraq with Alqaida. So than can grow stronger and more deadly. Overwhelming force from the start is what’s always needed.

roninacreage on November 3, 2007 at 6:24 PM

Your obvious exit question: What now?

Close one eye and fart.

Vinnie on November 3, 2007 at 7:11 PM

The reason our relationship with India was strained was because they violated the nuclear non-proliferation treaty. We didn’t attack them directly because they were not a threat to our immediate interests.

I don’t know where you get the idea that we ‘let them get nukes’. Remember AQ Khan? Did we let him give out nuclear knowledge and technology? I think we consider him public enemy number 1 and Pakistan celebrates him as their hero.

ThackerAgency on November 3, 2007 at 5:19 PM

1. India never signed the NNTP! How could they have violated something they never signed?
2. AQ Khan was able to do what he did because elements of our government were asleep at the switch, or looked the other way due to bribes.
3. You, are poorly informed.

Musharraf has been playing footsies with the jihadis trying to appease them. Exactly what the democrats want us to do in Iraq with Alqaida. So than can grow stronger and more deadly. Overwhelming force from the start is what’s always needed.

roninacreage on November 3, 2007 at 6:24 PM

Pervy has been walking a tightrope, and a very dangerous one. I’m no big fan of his, but he really has done a fair job of preventing PakiWakiLand© from sliding all the way into Islamic Fundamentalism complete with Sharia. Still, time to take away Pakistans toys and cauterize the Rat Hole. Interesting times ahead.

traderdfw on November 3, 2007 at 7:17 PM

1. This will prove how well Condi & Co can dance

Entelechy on November 3, 2007 at 5:14 PM

Never give a sword to a man woman who can’t dance.
– Confucius

MB4 on November 3, 2007 at 7:50 PM

A missed opportunity. Musharraf was shunned when he came to power in a coup. He was forgiven when he helped the US get rid of the Taliban in Afghanistan and continued his support afterward, lukewarm as it may sometimes have been. Unfortunately, his thirst for his own power made him blind to reality. Had he let things go it may be true at some point he would no longer be the leader of Pakistan, but he would still have been Respected. He would still be a Person of Importance and have US backing.

He blew it.

hadsil on November 3, 2007 at 7:50 PM

JiangxiDad on November 3, 2007 at 5:40 PM

I mostly agree with you.

MB4 on November 3, 2007 at 8:01 PM

Musharraf is like a glass that is half full or half empty, Bhutto might be the same, plus or minus. If those two could get together, maybe three quarters full. Anyone else would likely be just flat empty and very dangerous.

MB4 on November 3, 2007 at 8:06 PM

The way I see it, for the time being we don’t have any better options other than continuing to support Musharraf.

If he does as he promises the benevolent dictator approach could be a benefit to us.

If a counter insurgency gains a gigantic following and crushes the dictatorship, nukes fall into the hands of America’s enemy.

If Musharraf has his hands untied he might be in a better position to take on the Jihadis and at the same time we can trade our cash for his action and our participation.

Speakup on November 3, 2007 at 9:01 PM

Allowing states run by the Islamic cults to remain in possession of nuclear weaponry is the logical parallel of letting the roomful of 2 year olds in my son’s daycare take possession of my locked and loaded M4.

Any damage that follows is our responsibility as any reasonable person of average inteligence would clearly see the likelyhood of a disasterous occurence due to the volitility of the object and the lack of intellectual capacity of the individuals we allowed to possess it.

Alden Pyle on November 3, 2007 at 10:04 PM

Sometimes a strong dictator is necessary to prevent the worse alternative.

Easy to say when you sit in the comfort of the good ol’ USA.

Allowing states run by the Islamic cults to remain in possession of nuclear weaponry is the logical parallel of letting the roomful of 2 year olds in my son’s daycare take possession of my locked and loaded M4.

What are you a nanny? They are a sovereign nation and the world is a dangerous place.

AZ_Redneck on November 3, 2007 at 11:47 PM

Things in Pakistan are seldom what they seem.

Buzzy on November 4, 2007 at 12:04 AM

the nuclear plants are mostly on the East side, chances are that USA has a pre-arrangement with India of not to condemn an invasion on Kashmir if they keep a tight custody on the nuclear crap. My guess.

Ropera on November 4, 2007 at 2:33 AM

Anyone surprised by this hasn’t really been paying attention.

It will be very informative to see how this plays in the MSM “world”.

This is SO far beyond left vs. right BS; this is NOT A DRILL.

hillbillyjim on November 4, 2007 at 2:38 AM

but he really has done a fair job of preventing PakiWakiLand© from sliding all the way into Islamic Fundamentalism complete with Sharia.

Pakistan is considering enforcement of Islamic laws in Pakistan’s north-western Swat valley to meet the demands of pro-Taliban militants

And you say I am poorly informed. This is one reason I am reluctant to even post on such subjects. People who don’t know jack try to tell me that I don’t know what I am talking about.

I KNOW India never signed the NNPT. BUT THAT IS THE ONLY REASON THAT DIPLOMATIC RELATIONSHIPS WERE STRAINED WITH INDIA. Other than India detonating Nukes in the late 90’s, we had no problem with the world’s largest democracy. When they detonated the nukes after we asked them not to, it strained relations because that act violated the NNPT (even though they did not sign it). You are so informed tell me why our relations with India have been strained until only recently.

As a result of that, Pakistan got nuclear weapons in defense of themselves. This is the main problem with N Korea and Iran getting nukes. If N Korea wants nukes you can be certain that Japan will get theirs. If Iran gets nukes, you can be certain that Saudi Arabia will want theirs.

Pakistan has never been our friend. They have PRETENDED to be our friend because we have given them money and sold them weapons. If we didn’t give them money, there would be nothing positive coming out of Pakistan concerning jihadis.

Musharraf let AQ have the entire NW providence of Pakistan last year and told us we could not attack them. Now they are going to enforce sharia law there. . . but ‘he’s done a good job’? For who? Pakistan did not want sharia 10 years ago. Now the majority do.

What we need to do is become VERY VERY VERY close allies with India and go at this region from there. After 9/11 we should not even have allowed Pakistan to ‘become our friend’. They were the only nation that recognized the Taliban. We should have gone after AQ through Pakistan from India. India is our friend. They were not at that time because THEY VIOLATED PARTS OF THE NNPT which we expect other countries to recognize (like IRAN). We should share our Anti-ballistic missile technology with India and completely stop dealing with Pakistan period.

Anyway, sorry for being so poorly informed (/sarc). I consider people on this board to be some of the more intelligent of the electorate. I doubt that 90% of Americans of voting age can even locate Pakistan on the map. But they all vote.

ThackerAgency on November 4, 2007 at 11:37 AM

Welcome to the world of resurgent empires. We Americans no longer possess the meaningful sense of history to grasp what is going on in the region. Listen very carefully to Mussharaf’s lecture to the “West.” It is a similar thread that comes from the “post-colonial nations”; nations – such as India/Pakistan, Persia/Iran, Ottoman-Turkey that have long and storied experiences in this kind of intrigue. Regardless of what we bing to bear via power and thechnology, we are just an irritant to the historically imperial.

Armitage really believed his threat to bomb Pakistan “into the stone age” was taken seriously? We would never allow ourselves that luxury, we have been guilted into “civility” by the “3rd world.” They knew we would ever do that. If GW would have done it, impeachment would never have been a shrill phrase.

We may have been beat before we got started post 9/11…

lpierson on November 4, 2007 at 12:35 PM

What are you a nanny? They are a sovereign nation and the world is a dangerous place.

AZ_Redneck on November 3, 2007 at 11:47 PM

Not a nanny, just a realist.

Islamic cult states are sovereign nations….bwaahaaha! That’s funny, they’re a hodgepodge gathering of tribal savages eagerly waiting for the chance to cut the throat of the warlord two mountains down.

And, if given the chance, would nuke you, me, their neighbor, the Joooooos and anyone else who they thought didn’t worship the God of the day in the way they believe it should be done, all while screaming, “Yiyiyiyi God is great!” Sovereign nation, that’s rich.

Alden Pyle on November 4, 2007 at 3:55 PM

but he really has done a fair job of preventing PakiWakiLand© from sliding all the way into Islamic Fundamentalism complete with Sharia.

Pakistan is considering enforcement of Islamic laws in Pakistan’s north-western Swat valley to meet the demands of pro-Taliban militants

And you say I am poorly informed. This is one reason I am reluctant to even post on such subjects. People who don’t know jack try to tell me that I don’t know what I am talking about.

Yes, I do. And you demonstrate that fact with this little missive. Pakistan is considering the enforcement of Sharia in a very small area in an effort
to stave off the whole country sliding into Islamic Fundamentalism. What is
it about that you do not understand? Personally, I’d sterilize the whole
region.

I KNOW India never signed the NNPT. BUT THAT IS THE ONLY REASON THAT DIPLOMATIC RELATIONSHIPS WERE STRAINED WITH INDIA. Other than India detonating Nukes in the late 90’s, we had no problem with the world’s largest democracy. When they detonated the nukes after we asked them not to, it strained relations because that act violated the NNPT (even though they did not sign it). You are so informed tell me why our relations with India have been strained until only recently.

That is not what you said. India/USA relations were strained because India used to be a client of the Soviet Union, AND quite Socialist. Calling India the worlds largest Democracy is a joke. It has a Parliamentary structured political system that is Democracy-esque, but the Commies (Maoists) are causing lots of problems. You keep referring to India’s violation of the NNPT, they can’t violate something that they never agreed to.

[dribblings deleted…]

Anyway, sorry for being so poorly informed (/sarc). I consider people on this board to be some of the more intelligent of the electorate. I doubt that 90% of Americans of voting age can even locate Pakistan on the map. But they all vote.

You are not only poorly informed, your critical thinking skills are deficient as well. I am fairly in tune with the goings on in the region, I ought to be, I’ve been married to an Indian National for about ten years and have spent half that time living in India. Most of my in-laws work in the government (politics) and the Military. You should lurk more, and post less.

traderdfw on November 4, 2007 at 6:01 PM

so since you married one of the BILLION Indians you qualify as an expert?

Calling India the worlds largest Democracy is a joke FACT.

From the Brookings institute

More recently, the Clinton administration pressured India to sign the Non-Proliferation Treaty and the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty-which had the unintended consequence of strengthening the bomb lobby in Delhi.

In May 1998, India tested five nuclear devices. Pakistan promptly responded with its own nuclear tests. The United States reacted by imposing economic and political sanctions on Delhi.

Another person (not my words)

With a billion people, the Republic of India is the world’s largest democracy. With a population nearly four times that of the United States, India modeled its government on the British parliamentary system, with a healthy dose of influences from the United States and the rest of Europe.

Different source claiming 2.2 x America’s population voting in the 2004 election in India.

An estimated 670 million Indians will go to the polls in the world’s largest democracy between April 20th and May 10th to vote for their next government.

Back to a quote from you

Pakistan is considering the enforcement of Sharia in a very small area in an effort to stave off the whole country sliding into Islamic Fundamentalism.

And I bet this genius move will work as well as his move to allow more autonomy in the NW region of Pakistan where Musarraf won’t send troops, but he won’t allow US troops either. Thereby allowing a safe haven for the Taliban (which he supported before 9/11) to regroup and attack both him and American soldiers.

Man, I guess you are right. I need to marry one of the billion non-democratic Indians to understand what is going on there. Only then will I realize when everybody else in the literate world who says that ‘India is the world’s largest democracy’ that everyone else is wrong but me.

ThackerAgency on November 4, 2007 at 6:44 PM

I don’t know why that middle link did not work. Let me try again. It goes into detail about the history of India’s democracy. Try here.

It is very educational and I recommend it. Though I understand that this thread is about Pakistan and what is going on there. I don’t think they should have divided India and Pakistan, but that is history now.

ThackerAgency on November 4, 2007 at 7:26 PM

Time to confiscate and remove their nukes until after civilization is restored to Pakistan.

(By “restored”, I of course mean: once it finally reaches there. Which will only be AFTER Islam’s extremism and intolerance and calls to terrorism are removed from the Koran, and thus, from the region.)

Musharref could already be dead as I type, so the US command needs to have our special forces teams ready to go into the Pakistani nuclear silos and start slipping their warheads OUT of the country.

Before any al-Qaeda clones seize power, and start launching them, to feed their apocalyptic wet dream.

profitsbeard on November 4, 2007 at 9:27 PM

Ahmadinejad has got to be getting sexually aroused about now, watching his news leads. Right now he’s asking his nuke engineers how much longer before he can get into this cluster flock.

Ernest on November 4, 2007 at 10:01 PM