Emergency UPDATE: Rice Calls The President @ 2 A.M.

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice spoke at length late Wednesday with Pakistani President Gen. Pervez Musharraf as the key U.S. anti-terrorism ally weighed imposing a state of emergency due to security concerns in the nuclear-armed nation.

Rice spoke by phone to Musharraf in a call that took place in the early hours of Thursday in Pakistan where officials said an emergency

declaration was being considered and that the president would soon meet with his cabinet to discuss the option, a senior State Department official said.

The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity due to the sensitivity of the situation, refused to discuss the substance of the 17-minute conversation that began shortly after 2 a.m. Thursday Pakistan time.

Rice’s call to Musharraf followed comments by State Department spokesman Sean McCormack who said the U.S. understood Musharraf’s abrupt decision to skip the meeting.

“President Musharraf certainly wouldn’t stay back in Islamabad if he didn’t believe he had good and compelling reasons to stay back,”

McCormack told a regular briefing. “Certainly we would understand that.”

[Source: The News]

13 Comments so far

  1. Pretty Simple (unregistered) on August 9th, 2007 @ 2:46 pm

    Ch. Shuja’at Hussain categorily denied the rumor of “imposing emergency” in the country.
    ARY1 Reporting.

  2. Pretty Simple (unregistered) on August 9th, 2007 @ 3:19 pm

    Btw i really admire Ms. Rice as the first woman to occupy the key post of national security adviser…she is perfect for her job.

  3. Pretty Simple (unregistered) on August 9th, 2007 @ 4:32 pm

    GEO says that reliable sources informed about the content of Ms. Rice’s call and that was purely Afghan-Pakistan Jurga based.

  4. original-faisal (unregistered) on August 9th, 2007 @ 4:57 pm

    “categorically denied”

    Please excuse my pointing this out. I simply
    could not help myself.

    Oh, by the way, Condaleeza Rice is Secretary
    of State which is an even higher post than
    National Security Adviser which is what she
    used to be some years ago.

  5. Opee (unregistered) on August 9th, 2007 @ 5:00 pm

    Faisal: Categorically means, totally denied. Or denied without any conditions!

  6. Pretty Simple (unregistered) on August 9th, 2007 @ 5:44 pm

    @Orgnl-Fsl: “categorically denied”

    Ok, i got it. thanx.

    Ok, if thats past, thats fine too :)

  7. Original-Faisal (unregistered) on August 9th, 2007 @ 5:52 pm


    My dear Opee,

    I’m completely cognizant of the definition
    of the word “categorically”.

    I was merely and may I add, most respectfully,
    pointing out the correct spelling of the word to Pretty Simple.

  8. Pretty Simple (unregistered) on August 9th, 2007 @ 6:01 pm

    I understood your point and thanked u, that was written unintentionally as “categorily”, though i ment categorically(u cud have understood that). Anyways again, thanks for pointin’ out.

  9. Babar (unregistered) on August 9th, 2007 @ 7:21 pm

    What an entertaining media we have. We realy dont need theaters or cinemas, I tell ya. :)

  10. Opee (unregistered) on August 9th, 2007 @ 7:28 pm


  11. mian (unregistered) on August 9th, 2007 @ 8:19 pm

    ppl like omer pervez have an erstwhile problem in their lower abdomens
    so they make stupid comments without understanding what is being discussed

  12. Opee (unregistered) on August 9th, 2007 @ 8:41 pm

    I never want to embarrass or demean anyone, and I apologize if my comments offended this young man.


  13. Aamir Ali (unregistered) on August 10th, 2007 @ 8:34 am

    Rice called because of Musharraf’s excellent snub to the useless jirga currently being convened in Kabul.

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