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Pakistan emergency sparks small protests - and US review of aid

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Pakistan emergency sparks small protests - and US review of aid


Feelings are running high in Pakistan after emergency rule was declared and some have dared take to the streets to denounce the president’s decision.

Small protests took place as a countrywide crackdown continued. Hundreds of opposition figures and lawyers have been detained.

Pervez Musharraf says he acted in response to rising Islamist militancy and what he calls a paralysis of government by judicial interference. Critics, however, believe his main motive was to stop the Supreme Court from invalidating his recent re-election while still head of the army.

Pakistan’s Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz says the holding of national elections, due in January, could be delayed by up to a year.

“We are committed to pursuing our parliamentary form of government. We are committed to making sure that elections are held and that the democratic process flourishes in Pakistan,” he said.
“Now, as a result of what has happened, there could be some timing differences but no decision has been made.”

However, as he spoke, the Unted States reiterated its displeasure at emergency rule, saying it would review the billions of dollars in financial aid it provides to Pakistan.

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