Raw News for the week of November 5th, 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
The blame for the suicide bomb attack on Tuesday in the town of Pul-i-Khumri in the northern Baghlan province, some 150 kilometers from Kabul, will almost inevitably be placed at the doorstep of the Taliban. Asia Times Online, November 8, 2007 As the funeral wrapped up, a crowd of about 700 men surged towards the graves holding up placards that read: "We want the arrest and punishment of those behind this brutal crime." AFP, November 8, 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.
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.
"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