Emergency Rule

At around 1710, EMERGENCY RULE IMPOSITION occurred in Pakistan by his Highness, err, COAS Pervaiz Musharraf.

News Channels are OFF-air in all major cities (as news are suggesting). PTV still ON, obviously.

Details in here and here.

So, the crackers fired ON-&-OFF by Sheikh Rasheed were right.


04-Nov-07 : 00:38
President’s (COAS, profpundly) speech finishes off you can read it here.

20:53 Justice Abdul Hameed Dogar New CJP.
Aitezaz Ahsan talking to ARY One.

20:45 Musharraf will address Nation at 11 PM.

BB coming back, on plane but her plane is topped on run-way.


20:10 Lahore MB’s Post provides some instant updates … quoting here.

– 8 member bench of Supreme Court sets aside emergency

– Rangers deployed at Shahra-e-Dastoor in Islamabad

– Prime Minister, Cabinet, Chief Ministers and Governors will continue to work

– Senate and assemblies will remain in place

– Supreme Court Bar Association President Ch. Aitzaz Ahsan arrested

– Private channels expelled from Governor House Sindh

– Justice Javed Iqbal and Justice Abdul Hameed Dogar likely to be Chief Justice

19:10 Details of Emergency Rule, courtesy Lahore MB’s Post

– Transmission of private channels stopped across the country

– Chief of Army Staff has proclaimed state of emergency in the country and issued a provincial constitutional order

– President Pervez Musharraf to address nation tonight

– 1973 Constitution has been suspended (NOT COMPLETELY though)

– Emergency also imposed on Judiciary and Media in Pakistan: Sources

– We do not require your services anymore: Chief Justice verbally informed.

– Army troops enter the Supreme Court building

– Chief Justice escorted out of the Supreme Court building

– Federal cabinet to meet at 7 pm tonight on emergency rule: Official Sources

– High level meeting underway at Governor House in Karachi to review law and order situation in Sindh

President Musharaf to Address nation soon … unconfirmed sources state Shujaat as next PM (maybe) and dissolved assemblies.BBC Report on developing situation.

18:10 PTV says COAS (and not the President) proclaimed Emergency Rule in Pakistan.

17:55 PTV says sab accha haysab theek hay!
BBC and Al-Jazeera English the only channels coming in Islamabad!

46 Comments so far

  1. Sajjad (unregistered) on November 3rd, 2007 @ 6:39 pm

    At least the Internet connectivity seems to be ok. Some of the local news sites seem to be having issues. Not sure if it’s because of media clampdown or webmaster incompetence.

  2. Sa'ad (unregistered) on November 3rd, 2007 @ 6:48 pm

    Just so you know COAS = Cheif of Army Staff

  3. Echoes (unregistered) on November 3rd, 2007 @ 6:52 pm

    Its definitely because of a media clampdown Sajjad. Lots of private news networks’ websites aren’t working

  4. Hasan Mubarak (unregistered) on November 3rd, 2007 @ 7:07 pm
  5. Kamran (unregistered) on November 3rd, 2007 @ 7:54 pm

    Bravo-The Superior Judiciary of Pakistan. No matter what the outcome of this treasonous government’s most recent attack on Pakistan, the chief justice and his colleagues have given me some hope that all is not lost in Pakistan.

  6. Majad (unregistered) on November 3rd, 2007 @ 8:01 pm

    This should not come as a surprise, the US CENTCOM cheif was in Islamabad on Thursday giving out his orders.

  7. Arsalaan Haleem (unregistered) on November 3rd, 2007 @ 8:05 pm

    Isn’t Musharraf still the COAS, technically speaking until and unless the SC passed its verdict?

  8. A for [pine]apple (unregistered) on November 3rd, 2007 @ 8:10 pm

    Arsalan, Yes HE IS and he used that post to announce Emergency and not the post of president that he earned just recently.

    BTW, 1973 Law is not completely suspended.

  9. thanos (unregistered) on November 3rd, 2007 @ 8:23 pm

    Thanks for the updates friends, I am following along as well.

  10. thanos (unregistered) on November 3rd, 2007 @ 8:47 pm

    I am updating as I find more as well, Bhutto reports she will not return as long as a state of emergency exists.

  11. redsnapper (unregistered) on November 3rd, 2007 @ 8:49 pm

    Confirmed: Aitzaz Ahsan at Kohsar Police station. It would be nice if an isb metroblogger went there to interview him.

    He is accessible right now. Just got an sms that Ayaz Amir and Tariq Mahmood arrived to see him.

  12. a35mmlife (unregistered) on November 3rd, 2007 @ 11:09 pm

    good luck folks in PK… over here were hoping this ends quickly and without violence…

  13. Majad (unregistered) on November 3rd, 2007 @ 11:44 pm

    I just travelled to London on Friday and am watching Dr Shahid on GEO!… he’s going crazy over the news coming out of Islamabad. Benazir arrived back in Karachi a few moments ago. The fact that she was allowed to come back under martial law is bad enough for her supporters (its not emergency by any means however much the Generals want to dress this up – when the General declares emergency its called martial law).
    If she becomes the next PM that will be her political career finished…

  14. WK (unregistered) on November 4th, 2007 @ 12:12 am




  15. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on November 4th, 2007 @ 12:30 am

    that lady Rabia has gone nuts at KMB. I liked this format to know all details at once place. very much appreciated.

  16. Majad (unregistered) on November 4th, 2007 @ 12:32 am

    Mush is on the TV right now wailing on about how the country has gone from bad to worse…. blah blah
    Basically the root cause seems to be that the Judiciary is a thorn in my government thats why I’m imposing emergency rule….
    The entire speech is laughable after he mentions Abraham Lincoln broke all the rules, violated the constitution, suspended liberties (all of which he didnt do) to preserve the federation.. “therefore limbs must be amputated to save a life” way to go General… lets start amputating!

  17. azmat (unregistered) on November 4th, 2007 @ 12:48 am

    Huh ! nothing strange has happened. we all are in a state of emergency since october 1999. again “meray aziz humwatnoo!”. as far as the youth of the nation are irrelevent, nothing is gonna change. we will face alot more emergencies and another martial law. for a common man its simply a Hell and the elite are not going to be effected. so lets stand up and end this game of “mulk ke wasee tar mafaad me mughee ta hayaat badshaah manoo” game. r we really pakistanis??? forget about the world, watever its saying about us but are we this much dummies that only one person is more than enough to be a president, COAS, judge, prosecutor, constitution and sole lover of pakistan??????

  18. bluemax (unregistered) on November 4th, 2007 @ 1:14 am

    Kamran wrote, “the chief justice and his colleagues have given me some hope that all is not lost in Pakistan.” Let me respectfuly remind you that the same judges gladly took oath under Musharraf’s PCO in 1999. Saeeduzzaman Siddiqi and other 5 judges (elevated to SC from SHC) refused. Why no lawyer-led protests were taken out for them?

  19. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on November 4th, 2007 @ 1:46 am

    @Bluemax: no justification of what they did in Pakistan but the way REFUSED now, i think they have repent by taking this historic action.

  20. jahnanara (unregistered) on November 4th, 2007 @ 4:13 am

    It was disgusting to see Mush begging on TV to his western friends for leniency. Khuda iss ko gharat karey.
    At least now doodh ka doodh paani ka paani ho jayey ga…let this be a faisala-kun jung key pakistan kiss ka hai.

  21. Salim Chisti (unregistered) on November 4th, 2007 @ 6:23 am

    Hope to see peace and prosperity for every Pakistani.This comes from doing your work, why worry about the President. Ask not what Musharaff will undo, but what you can for Pakistan.
    Khuda Hafeez

  22. 1967 (unregistered) on November 4th, 2007 @ 8:43 am

    One more feather in the hat of hall of shame for the Pakistani junta, a banana republic, where rule of law has no value, and only might is right…after sixty years, only one thing has been consistent. Pakistan is truly serving it’s purpose of existance : by becomming a paradise and safe haven for all the goons and hijackers of civil liberties. This is the homeland of a shameless mob, not a nation…

  23. Babar (unregistered) on November 4th, 2007 @ 9:32 am

    This will give legitimicy to the terrorists. If Musharraf can kick all constitution and laws on the basis of gun, why cant they?

    If it were some political leader who realy beleived that judiciacary is interfering, he/she would have addressed the nation and probably announced elections or resigned to come back with more political power, or something like that. But to do away with the whole constituion. But ofcourse, an army man doesnt think like that. He beleives once he is gone he will never come back.

    Aitazaz and his creed have equal responsibility for this. What on earth were they thinking? When your enemy is weak, that is the best time to talk him out and get most. But they wanted his head immediately. Why on earth , when he was going to remove uniform, hold elections in 3 months, judiciary was relatively powerful, was there a need to start raising these fine constitutional points and do away with the whole system. True, musharraf was exposed. But at what cost?

    Nobody has power in this world because of some peice of paper, it is always politics which determines who has the power. And this is true for whole world. But these guys were thinking God knows what?

    In any case this is worst thing that could happen to Pakistan. We are 10 years back now.

  24. Babar (unregistered) on November 4th, 2007 @ 9:44 am

    For the guy above commenting about BB. I think she is a realy realy brave woman to still come back after emergency. Its a great risk she has taken. I will like to see, if Nawaz still wants to come back? I dont think so.

  25. SELF (unregistered) on November 4th, 2007 @ 10:27 am

    Those who criticise Musharaf don’t say what are the alternatives. All leaders have been tried, tested and failed.

  26. Paidagir (unregistered) on November 4th, 2007 @ 1:55 pm

    well, the country is on the verge of destabilization, because of your f**king doing. whatever u say everyone know that this emergency is on SC because SC was about going to give decision against your f**king “WARDI” … Musharraf u S**K big time …

    Go Musharraf Go !!
    Go Musharraf Go !!
    Go Musharraf Go !!
    Go Musharraf Go !!

  27. Yoseph (unregistered) on November 4th, 2007 @ 2:05 pm

    What a hypocrite, says he has achieved “so much in his time” and is a “moderate” well banning the Judiciary and free speech etc is total opposite. Looks like we hav our own Hitler in power

  28. alibhae (unregistered) on November 4th, 2007 @ 2:29 pm

    mushy vs ifti. mushy wins with knockout. ifti dosn’t know what hit him.

  29. Don Cox (unregistered) on November 4th, 2007 @ 3:44 pm

    “Looks like we hav our own Hitler in power”

    Not even remotely like a Hitler. More like a Mubarak.

    Power corrupts, and after eight or ten years in power nobody can be relied on to support democracy. This is why it is so important to limit the term in office of any and every leader to ten years maximum – and eight would be safer.

    Also, it should be against the law for a wife or son to immediately succeed a leader, as they will just be figureheads.

  30. tsk tsk (unregistered) on November 4th, 2007 @ 6:18 pm

    You guys think India should do something abt this?

  31. tsk tsk (unregistered) on November 4th, 2007 @ 6:19 pm

    You guys think India should do something abt this?

  32. Masoom (unregistered) on November 4th, 2007 @ 6:49 pm

    @ TSK TSK .. HELL NO !! We dont NEED INDIA In our Internal affairs.

    secondly, if mr. mush.[f***kin]rraf think that he is right in doing what he is doing then he should not have banned the private TV channels, the banning of private news channels shows that he also knows that some thing is not right. need I say more ???

  33. tsk tsk (unregistered) on November 4th, 2007 @ 7:49 pm

    Point taken

    i just feel that Mush needs a strong force to make him think twice abt his actions towards you guys… but sadly PM Singh doesnt seem to be in any mood to arm twist him.

    You have our sympathies though…

  34. exciton (unregistered) on November 4th, 2007 @ 9:16 pm

    Musharraf has committed High Treason by suspending the Constitution.

    PCO has been declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court of Pakistan.

    Wishful prayer for Pakistan: “Gen. [the ballless, gutless, guileless] Kiyani arrests Musharraf and holds him on the charge of High Treason, turns over the interim government to a neutral party; Supreme Court and CJP is restored, but the judges who took oath under PCO should be removed permanently.”

    The problem is that Musharraf’s current illegal and immoral action is the last straw. It will only further the already deep hatred of the Army within the civil society.

    As someone stated earlier, it was extremely disgusting to see Musharraf begging to his White Masters, and trying to appeal to them by saying don’t expect us to act as a civilized and rational people.

    How much more can anyone embarrass our entire nation, by labeling us as still brown-neophytes that are a few generations behind the Master White Race in the course of our social and intellectual evolution — who the hell is he to state: “Don’t expect us to be democratic!”

    His address was entirely self-contradictory and based in lies, with parts that debased and disdained the entire nation.

    How come there is no shortage of “Mir Jafirs and Mir Sadiqs” in this nation?”



  35. WK (unregistered) on November 4th, 2007 @ 9:51 pm




    GEO F**K OFF


  36. Babar (unregistered) on November 5th, 2007 @ 12:00 am

    He has taken Pakistan to the position of Mayanmar, just to ensure his tenure. In a sense I have sympathy for him. Seems like he doesnt know Politics at all. Now I am quite sure he will be killed. Pakistan cannot go this way. He will be removed in 15-20 days if things continue this way. Geedar ki jab maut ati hai tu shehar ki taraf bhagta hai. He just made useless for himself, all he had achieved in these years. I pitty him.

  37. FarAway (unregistered) on November 5th, 2007 @ 1:00 am

    Our options are not limited to military, BB or NS. New leadership can emerge if free and fair elections are held. Well known lawyers and retired judges can surface as law abiding leaders if given an opportunity. The 164 million people of Pakistan are not all incompetent for anyone to say there are no alternatives.

  38. exciton (unregistered) on November 5th, 2007 @ 1:07 am


    OPTIONS — Is return to draconian law and measures a option?! Is taking out the system of justice and rule of law an option, just because it makes it inconvenient to hold innocent people indefinitely and use violent force against general civilians?!!

    Is the rule of gun and violent force an option?!
    Your language and the immature frustration demonstrated only goes to prove that only a sick mind will support this option.

    Pakistan is a greater country than BB, NS, AH, and traitor Musharraf. There are many legal and moral options — but suspension of the constitution on the power of gun is not. The entire military top brass has taken a treason act against the entire nation of Pakistan.

    MUSHARRAF is a traitor to this nation. It simply boggles my mind how could anyone in their right mind would support usurping of their fundamental rights.

    Losing your civil and legal rights is not an option. I pray that those who support Martial Law are picked up by the Military Policy and put under a Quarter Guard indefinitely, without any judicial recourse, may be then they would come to their senses about importance of the Constitution, Independent Supreme Court, Free Press.

    O’people — this is the greatest transgression against your most fundamental rights. Musharraf is a sick man has gone crazy and he needs to be removed by use of force, if necessary.

  39. faisal (unregistered) on November 5th, 2007 @ 2:56 am

    This man will split pakistan into many pieces.He is working on western agenda.he has attacked the very foundation of Pakistan.Wake up from your deep slumber before its too late.he has to be confronted.

  40. faisal (unregistered) on November 5th, 2007 @ 4:00 am

    Animals in west enjoy more rights than humans in muslim countries.Why is there no democracy in any muslim country?Is it against the very spirit of religion?Why Pakistanis are waiting for international community to intervene,afterall the rest of the world fought for their rights themselves.Musharaf has openly denied Paksitanis of human rights and democracy in his speech.I wonder what moral grounds will west find to support this “megallomaniac” who is their partener in so called war agianst terror

  41. exciton (unregistered) on November 5th, 2007 @ 4:35 am

    @FAISAL — You are right insofar as Musharraf is working on the Western agenda and is tearing this nation apart.

    Anyone who was paying attention to his address would realize that he was embarrassing the entire nation with such shameless statements: “Don’t expect us to be democratic …. ”

    In other words, he considers you and I and the rest of Pakistanis as uncivilized morons that only deserve the rule of gun and violence — dunda.

    How dare he disdain and debase the entire Pakistani nation — We are NOT Mayanmar. This is Pakistan. This nation knows how to come together and reassert its independence.

    Remember 1947, 1968, 1977, Oct 2003. Lets prove to this corrupt and compromised Army General Staff that this is not Mayanmar — and Martial Law will not stand, insha Allah.

  42. exciton (unregistered) on November 5th, 2007 @ 4:39 am


    — Let’s not get caught up in Rashid Qureshi’s spindoctory
    — Please call it what it is: “MARTIAL LAW”.

  43. chudhary (unregistered) on November 5th, 2007 @ 11:15 pm

    Sign the petition – We Oppose Emergency in Pakistan

    Created by Pakistani International Community on Nov 04, 2007


    scroll down to sign the petition

  44. PERVEZ MUSHARAF(COMMANDO MUTLAB GANDOO) (unregistered) on November 6th, 2007 @ 5:42 pm

    I lost in Kargil and Army lost its confience in its self forever. I destroyed parliment in 1999 and now I destroyed the justice system o Pakistan.I am the most intelliget,Loyal and brave leader in history of Pakistan.Koi Shak.

    NOBODY CAN REPLACE ME.KYANI APNA HEE BANDA HAY.I am a permanant COAS.Afterall there are life long chairpersons in other political partie.Army is the most successful political party.We have ruled for more years than anyone else so we have the right to have life long COAS/president/leader,.koi shak.
    Today lawyers & journalists were given a lesson on human rights.Civil society will get their turn very soon.Please dont get impatient.
    Emergency was vital for democracy.Oh my countrymen.You donot deserve the same level of democracy and rights as humans.Look at me .I am your leader.Can you be humans.

  45. Hina (unregistered) on November 6th, 2007 @ 6:02 pm

    COAS or CHAOS?

  46. A for [pine]apple (unregistered) on November 6th, 2007 @ 6:21 pm

    Hina, both can be read :-)

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