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I’ll say this about the terrifying meltdown in Pakistan: It’s nice to see an oppressive junta be comparatively forthright about its unconstitutional oppressiveness. If this were happening here (and I’m not saying it’s not), the wholesale arrests of lawyers and activists would be called “The Advocate Outreach Initiative” and the indefinite delay of elections would be called “Project Safe Voter Voice.”
From the BBC:
[Pakistani Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz] said parliament might change the date of elections planned for January, and gave no end date for the emergency.
Rights have been suspended, media has been restricted and hundreds of people arrested under the emergency decree.
Mr Aziz said 400 to 500 “preventative arrests” had been made so far, and said the emergency, imposed by Gen Musharraf on Saturday, would last for “as long as is necessary”.
Gen Musharraf says he declared the emergency to stop Pakistan “committing suicide”, because the country was in a crisis caused by militant violence and an unruly judiciary
The moves came as the Supreme Court was due to rule on the legality of Gen Musharraf’s October election victory.
US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has said Washington is reviewing the aid which it gives to Pakistan in the wake of Gen Musharraf’s decision.
“Obviously we are going to have to review the situation with aid, in part because we have to see what may be triggered by certain statutes,” Ms Rice said.
In recent years Gen Musharraf has been a key ally in Washington’s war on terror and has received about $10bn in aid since 2001.
Nice to know our ten billion dollars is helping to spread democracy around the globe.