Pakistan: After martial law declared

Musharraf under pressure as U.S. envoy flies in

November 16, 2007

Aijaz Ahmad: Musharraf has cornered himself

Turmoil in Pakistan continues

November 15, 2007

Aijaz Ahmad: Tougher martial law may be on the way

Will Musharraf resign?

November 14, 2007

Dawn reports that "In what is seen as a major shift from her earlier stance, Pakistan People's Party chairperson Benazir Bhutto has called upon General Pervez Musharraf to step down as president, saying there is little possibility now of her working with him even if he hangs up his uniform." Musharraf refuses to relinquish his grip on power, with The Guardian reporting that "Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf vowed on Wednesday not to quit until the country's political turmoil was over, strongly defending his decision to impose a state of emergency."  

Bush’s Pakistan policy under scrutiny

November 13, 2007

As the White House continues to work with Musharraf, one presidential candidate calls for policy change

Police block Bhutto march

November 9, 2007


Sharif demands Bhutto abandon plans with Musharraf

November 8, 2007

Sharif urged the West to abandon Musharraf but also ruled out teaming up with Benazir Bhutto, another key opposition leader, unless she cut off talks with Musharraf. The Guardian UK, November 7, 2007    

Pakistan civil society reacts

November 8, 2007

Lawyers boycotted district and sessions court and staged protest rallies against the imposition of emergency and removal of superior court judges and chanted anti-government and anti-Musharraf slogans. Dawn, November 8, 2007   Hundreds of lawyers took to the streets of Islamabad on the fourth consecutive day of the state of emergency to protest against Pakistan's President Pervez Musharraf. Observed by the cameras of the international press the police kept a low profile, but behind the scenes thousands of lawyers, journalists, activists and citizens have been arrested or placed under house arrest all over the country. Radio Netherlands, November 7, 2007

Emergency proclaimed in Pakistan

November 7, 2007

Eric Margolis: The democracy movement and the Islamic militants are fighting the dictatorship

Judicial revolt and kangaroo courts

November 7, 2007

Iftikhar Chaudhry, the Chief Justice whom Musharraf has deposed and put under "house arrest", has called upon the country's judicial community to lead a nationwide agitation against abrogation of the Constitution and imposition of "dictatorship".   By contrast, Musharraf was sworn into office, with great pomp and ceremony, by the few judges who were willing to comply, including a new Chief Justice.   Meanwhile, Benazir Bhutto, a former two-time Prime Minister, travelled from her home in Karachi to Islamabad, the capital. Some speculate it is to prepare for mass agitation, as many hope. Others charge it is to negotiate a secret deal with Musharraf.

Pakistani Army cuts a deal

November 6, 2007

The next day on November 4th, the Musharraf government cut a deal with insurgents in northwestern Pakistan who released 211 soldiers of the Pak army in exchange for release of 28 militants in government custody held on charges of terrorist activity and suicide bombings.   Observers in Pakistan noted the contrast.  

Global reaction to Pakistani state of emergency

November 6, 2007

"President General Pervez Musharraf told foreign diplomats based in Islamabad on Monday that despite the imposition of a state of emergency in the country, transition to full democracy would be completed soon." Dawn   "US takes a hit from Pakistan's turmoil." US News & World Report   "The real cause for concern is that the UK will deludedly believe that a military dictatorship offers a better bulwark against the Jihadists than a democratic government." The Guardian UK   "Bhutto may regret her gamble on Musharraf." Taipei Times

Pakistan: Democracy in crisis

November 5, 2007

Political opposition denounces emergency proclamation

Reporting from Karachi under martial law

November 5, 2007

Beena Sarwar in Pakistan