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Musharraf imposes emergency rule
Saturday, November 3, 2007 : Pakistan's President Pervez Musharraf declares emergency rule, as police surround the Supreme Court.
Judges are believed to be inside the building in Islamabad, reports say.
Troops have been deployed inside state-run TV and radio stations, while independent channels have gone off air.
Gen Musharraf is awaiting a Supreme Court ruling on whether he was eligible to run for re-election last month while remaining army chief.
Pakistan has been engulfed in political upheaval in recent months, and the security forces have suffered a series of blows from pro-Taleban militants opposed to Gen Musharraf's support for the US-led "war on terror".
The BBC's Barbara Plett reports from Islamabad that fears have been growing in the government that the Supreme Court ruling could go against Gen Musharraf.
Land and mobile telephone lines are down in Islamabad, reports say.
Private channels Geo News and Dawn News earlier quoted unnamed sources as saying the government had made up its mind to declare emergency rule. Shortly afterwards they came off air.
One TV channel reported that emergency rule may involve the suspension of the constitution.
Parliamentary elections are due in January - it is not clear whether they will go ahead.
Former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, who recently returned to the country after years of self-exile to lead her party in the elections, is currently in Dubai on a personal visit.Read More
Saturday, November 3, 2007 : General Musharraf issues provisional constitutional order declaring emergency.
He is to address the nation later on Saturday, a presidential aide said.
Several Pakistani television channels earlier reported the move to impose emergency, before being taken off the air. Witnesses said paramilitary troops had been deployed at state-run television and radio stations.They also reported seeing dozens of police blocking the road leading to the supreme court where judges remain inside. Residents said all telephone lines have been cut in the capital Islamabad. The Pakistani cabinet is scheduled to meet at 7.00pm (1400 GMT) and is expected to ratify Musharraf's decision. A spokesman for Benazir Bhutto's Pakistan's Peoples' Party (PPP) said the former prime minister will not return to the country from Dubai. Bhutto went to Dubai two days ago to visit her family and stayed back amid rumours that Musharraf was set to impose maritial law in PakistanRead More