Pakistan: Lead up to martial law

Pakistan arrests human rights leaders

October 25, 2007

Asma Jahangir, arrested under Emergency measures, interviewed in TRNN studio two weeks ago

Bomb hits Bhutto convoy

October 19, 2007

The Real News Network senior analyst Aijaz Ahmad comments on the bomb attack targetting former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto.

New political foe challenges Pakistan President

July 27, 2007

The latest violence which followed today’s reopening of Islamabad’s Red Mosque once again dramatizes the pressures facing Pakistan’s President. Musharraf’s western allies accuse him of not doing enough in the "war on terror" while at home he is under attack by religious militants and a growing pro- democracy movement. The latter scored a major victory last week when Pakistan’s Supreme Court reinstated Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry, who had been suspended last March. The suspension sparked a mass movement led by lawyers, challenging the constitutionality of Musharraf’s actions. Beena Sarwar reports on the dramatic confrontation between the President and the judge.

Musharraf reportedly meets Bhutto in U.A.E.

July 27, 2007

As the latest violence rocked Islamabad, Pervez Musharraf was outside the country, travelling to Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates. All of the major private news networks and newspapers in Pakistan were reporting that he had taken advantage of a neutral location to hold a secret meeting with his number one political opponent: the exiled former Prime Minister, Benazir Bhutto. Pakistan government officials would not confirm the meeting. Journalist Munizae Jahangir says such a meeting would be unprecedented. But it reinforces the pressures Musharraf is under to deal with his growing problems.

Pakistan tests nuclear-capable cruise missile

July 26, 2007

Pakistan test fired its weapon in an undisclosed location. A military statement said it would "consolidate Pakistan's strategic capability and strengthen national security." The new range is enough to reach India's capital New Delhi. Under a deal Pakistan negotiated with India in 1999, each country must warn the other of ballistic tests, but not cruise missiles. Relations between the self-declared nuclear powers remain tense. They have fought three wars since being separated at independence in 1947, and are deadlocked over Kashmir. But neither has tested any underground weapons since 1998.   The missile launch comes a day after India's cabinet approved a civilian nuclear deal with the U.S. If approved by the American Congress, India would get unprecedented access to American nuclear fuel and equipment to meet energy needs. Pakistan had wanted a similar arrangement with the U.S. But when Washington hesitated, China stepped in to help build 2 reactors. Still, Pakistan and India serve as staunch American allies. Neither country has signed the nuclear non-proliferation treaty.   Watch the missile launch as recorded by Pakistani military cameras.      

Pakistan Supreme Court reinstates chief justice

July 20, 2007

Chief Justice Chaudhry had become a symbol for pro-democracy and anti-Musharraf forces since he was ousted from office on March 9 on charges of judicial misconduct and nepotism. Chaudhry opposes President General Musharraf’s efforts to run as president while maintaining control of the army. He has criss-crossed Pakistan, making campaign-style speeches against dictatorial rule. Last Tuesday, a suicide bomber attacked a rally he was to address at the Islamabad bar association. More than 15 people were killed. Today’s ruling by the 13-member Supreme Court reinstates Chaudhry and drops all charges against him. Musharraf has said he will accept the court’s decision. APTN recorded Chaudhry as he celebrated his victory at home with supporters, many of whom later marched in the streets shouting slogans including "Musharraf is a dog."

Bombing rocks rally for Pakistan’s chief justice

July 17, 2007

Chaudhry is charged with misconduct and abuse of authority. This week the Pakistani newspaper The News reported that the government would reduce some of the charges but would not reinstate Chaudhry who has been an outspoken critic of Musharraf. No one has claimed responsibility for today's bombing which happened at a time of increasing tensions between the government and Islamic militants. An Associated Press TV cameraman covering the rally captured the moment the bomb went off as well as the chaos that followed. Note: the pictures are graphic.

Pakistan TV airs video from inside Lal Masjid

July 12, 2007

It's not clear how the guns, grenades, gasmasks and ammunition got there, or what the government knew about it. But we bring you the images from the media tour, provided by Pakistan Television. Pakistan's "Dawn" newspaper's internet edition raises questions about the number of civilians killed. It says the media tour was delayed for a day," fuelling speculation that the government was buying time to remove some telltale signs."