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November 3, 2007

Pakistan

-- by Dave Johnson

Pakistani President Musharraf has imposed martial law on the country, as their Supreme Court was just about to rule on the legitimacy of his October election. The best news source I have been able to find is BBC: Musharraf imposes emergency rule,

Pakistan's President Pervez Musharraf has declared emergency rule and suspended the country's constitution.

Troops have been deployed inside state-run TV and radio stations, while independent channels have gone off air.

Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry, who condemned the moves, has reportedly been sacked and is being confined to the Supreme Court with 10 other judges.

Pakistan is under pressure from al Queda/Taliban types. The country has nuclear weapons. Watch this one closely - it affects us all.

The New York Times has a write-up here: Musharraf Declares State of Emergency,

The declaration came the day after Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and the senior American military commander in the Middle East, Admiral William J. Fallon, both warned General Musharraf not to impose emergency rule. Admiral Fallon, meeting here with General Musharraf and his top generals, said such a move would jeopardize the extensive American financial support for the Pakistani military.

Posted by Dave Johnson at November 3, 2007 8:57 AM

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Um Dave, pretty sure it's "martial" law, not "marshall" law...

Posted by: Elayne Riggs [TypeKey Profile Page] at November 3, 2007 1:01 PM

If Musharraf's excuse for imposing martial law is in fact true, then the American's could potentially support him in this decision, as a Pakistan completely ruled by Sharia law is not my first choice, nor should it be the American government's. However, before America decides to tell Musharaff the they do not spport "extraconstitutional measures," as Condy put it, then perhaps we could enforce our Constitution here at home first, before me meddle in other nation's affairs.

Posted by: The Sea Hawk [TypeKey Profile Page] at November 3, 2007 9:35 PM

If Musharraf's excuse for imposing martial law is in fact true, then the American's could potentially support him in this decision, as a Pakistan completely ruled by Sharia law is not my first choice, nor should it be the American government's. However, before America decides to tell Musharaff the they do not spport "extraconstitutional measures," as Condy put it, then perhaps we could enforce our Constitution here at home first, before me meddle in other nation's affairs.

Posted by: The Sea Hawk [TypeKey Profile Page] at November 3, 2007 9:36 PM

Um, Sea Hawk, I'm pretty sure WE don't have any say in the type of law that a FOREIGN country uses. While we may not like another country's basis for law, unless that country is actually a constituent part, or territory, of the United States, it's none of our business.
Now, personally speaking, I wouldn't want to live in a country ruled by Sharia, but I also don't want to live in a country that operates under the principles espoused by creatures such as Roy Moore, Pat Robertson and James Dobson either. Those three scare me every bit as much as al-Qaeda since their ideal society would be one in which this country's laws are superseded by Biblical principles and tenets (well, at least the ones THEY deem important which could be summed up as "kill the queers and pass the bacon").

Posted by: JosephW [TypeKey Profile Page] at November 4, 2007 6:12 PM

Oh, by the way, Sea Hawk, I do agree with your final suggestion that we enforce OUR Constitution before pointing fingers.

Posted by: JosephW [TypeKey Profile Page] at November 4, 2007 6:15 PM

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