Emergency Rule – CONFIRMED

Yes, Chief of Army Staff, General Pervez Musharraf, who is also the President of Islamic Republic of Pakistan, has declared the state of emergency in the country.

After binary-zero’s instant reporting on private TV channels being taken off-air around the country amid speculations of emergency rule in the country, the rumour has been confirmed as true.

Even, the state media including Pakistan Television Network (PTV) has confirmed the news and has announced that General Musharraf will be adressing the nation sometime tonight.

Media and judiciary have been the first targets under emergency-rule as almost all major private channels still remain off-air and according to one TV channel, the army has entered the Supreme Court building.

GEO TV reports on its website:

– 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

– 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

GEO UPDATES:

– 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

We will keep updating you on the situation in the country, specifically in Lahore as events develop. Meanwhile, keep checking out Metroblogging Islamabad and Metroblogging Karachi while BBC is also giving updates on its website.

24 Comments so far

  1. Sa'ad (unregistered) on November 3rd, 2007 @ 6:47 pm

    Yep.
    All private and international news channels have been turned off. No bbc cnn or alzaeera.
    Only working channels are entertainment and PTV. Folks at PTV are living in room without any door or windows cuz they seem to be unaware of the situation going around them. Currently showing promos for their soaps, national songs, silly clips. Gee i really wanna know what the next episode of ‘kisaan time’ is going to talk about…


  2. Ehsan Kiani (unregistered) on November 3rd, 2007 @ 6:49 pm

    Breaking news on PTV says that the Cheif of the Army Staff has declared the state of emergency in the country and will address the nation later tonight.


  3. V (unregistered) on November 3rd, 2007 @ 6:55 pm

    I’m watching Geo News as I write. The SOB has ordered mobile phone companies to jam mobile phones in major cities – it has already started happening in Islamabad. Internet is also likely to go down. I hope and pray that in all of this fiasco, someone blows up that mofo crook Pervert Musharraf!


  4. Patriotic Pakistan (unregistered) on November 3rd, 2007 @ 7:05 pm

    Musharraf is bastard! He has screwed this country!


  5. Patriotic Pakistan (unregistered) on November 3rd, 2007 @ 7:05 pm

    Musharraf is a bastard! He has screwed this country!


  6. Realistic Pakistani (unregistered) on November 3rd, 2007 @ 7:18 pm

    “bastard” … sure, just like NS, BB, and a few dozen others who have screwed this country already. It Mush’s turn to do this.


  7. Phoenix (unregistered) on November 3rd, 2007 @ 7:20 pm

    Let us not jump to conclusions – but I really feel that this decision is rash…


  8. Haris (unregistered) on November 3rd, 2007 @ 7:31 pm

    May Allah’s curse be on him.


  9. Hasan Mubarak (unregistered) on November 3rd, 2007 @ 7:52 pm

    What’s the guaratee for a better law & order situation under emergency rule?? No one is quite sure, this action can really prevent terrorists from blowing themselves up in public…


  10. binary-zero (unregistered) on November 3rd, 2007 @ 7:59 pm

    i am able to see Geo now and AlJazeerah – CJ has refused to step down and asked all army/police to retaliate and don’t act on PCO.


  11. binary-zero (unregistered) on November 3rd, 2007 @ 8:00 pm

    actually i am watching online

    http://www.pakistanvision.com for Geo

    and jump.tv for Aljazeerah.


  12. Petr (unregistered) on November 3rd, 2007 @ 8:17 pm

    Hi, I’m from Europe, but I read Metroblogging Lahore since I have been in Lahore on business trip about half year ago – becouse I enjoed stay in this city and country.
    Let me wish to all Pakistan people quick returning to normal peaceful state.


  13. thanos (unregistered) on November 3rd, 2007 @ 9:07 pm

    I hope that this is temporary, but it is wrong regardless.
    I’m updating as I find more over at my blog, couple of notes: BB says she will not return under state of emergency. BBC news has a comprehensive update online. Reuters as well.


  14. TREETOP (unregistered) on November 3rd, 2007 @ 10:22 pm

    Her shakh pai ulu baitha hai
    anjam-ai-gulistan kai ho ga?


  15. V (unregistered) on November 3rd, 2007 @ 10:40 pm

    Aaj TV has been completely blocked out now… including its satellite transmission. I think they were uplinking from Pakistan unlike Dubai based channels.


  16. thanos (unregistered) on November 3rd, 2007 @ 11:04 pm

    There are now news reports internationally that BB has landed and is confined to her jet on the tarmac in Karachi. These reports don’t come from reliable news sources yet.


  17. I hate chaudry shujat the bastered (unregistered) on November 4th, 2007 @ 1:21 am

    The Rascal Chaudies of Gujrat are the only root cause to all these problems


  18. redsnapper (unregistered) on November 4th, 2007 @ 1:56 am

    Benazir returns home, stays quiet.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/urdu/pakistan/story/2007/11/071103_bb_returns_again_zs.shtml

    Minutes before her arrival, I drove through Clifton upto Bilawal House and then towards Sea View. Lots of traffic police and few regular police vans for her security.


  19. Jahanara (unregistered) on November 4th, 2007 @ 4:14 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.


  20. suh (unregistered) on November 4th, 2007 @ 7:12 am

    emergancy was well overdue and should have happened the day thief justice was restored, the judicary had become a joke, every other development project got orders to be stalled, shiek zayed center, imax center, $6 billion lahore sports city, $1 billion lahore ring road, very needed road widening projects (ferozpur road, canal road), emaars $65 billion projects in karachi, dubai worlds $80 billion new city at hawks bay in karachi, etc. the list is endless there are hundred industrys blocked because of the judge, the idiot has made pakistan lose over $100 billion investments just because of his feud with the gov. and not only that he let 62 terroists get away free, who will now go away and blow pakistan up.
    he should be striped now and burnt alive.


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


  22. exciton (unregistered) on November 4th, 2007 @ 8:49 pm

    I just cannot understand how would anyone in their right mind find a way and reason to justify a complete usurping of their most fundamental rights.

    If anyone was paying attention, Musharraf’s entire address was self-contradictory and based upon lies and rhetoric. The attack on Supreme Court is a direct attack our most fundamental and cherished rights as Pakistanis.

    Musharraf has committed High Treason by suspending the Constitution and he should be tried for treason under the article 6 of the Constitution of Pakistan. There is absolutely no logical, moral, and ethical justification of his actions. The Supreme Court of Pakistan has already declared the PCO unconstitutional.

    We must mobilize against dictatorship. This is a great opportunity for the entire nation to come together and protest against this attack on the fundamental rights of average Pakistanis.


  23. Faisal (unregistered) on November 8th, 2007 @ 12:34 am

    Musharraf and his allies think that they are forver. Sooner or later every body dies, no body lives. every body has to see end, what will they answer on the day of judjment. How many people will he kill, how many souls will he ruin? Its turns to us now that we should all come out and take what is rightfully ours. if not for us, then at least for our coming generations. Even Allah says, fighting against even Evil through hands has more rewards and we do not have other chance for getting our freedom back. PLEASE come out and fight, not with suicide bombing.. but with our unity and faith against evil. May Allah gives the right and deserved people the freedom, success and faith. Ameen. Pakistan Zindbad. Qaid-e-azam paindabad.


  24. Truth (unregistered) on November 24th, 2007 @ 1:55 am

    Not only Busharraf is bastard but also all the ten SC judges Dogar and his colleagues are like pet dogs of Musharraf.They all screwing their country.Attorney General is the biggest son of a bitch.



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