Wiki Actu en

November 15, 2007

Pakistan gets caretaker government to oversee January elections

Pakistan gets caretaker government to oversee January elections

From Wikinews, the free news source you can write!
Jump to: navigation, search

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Pakistan
Other stories from Pakistan
…More articles here
Location of Pakistan

A map showing the location of Pakistan

To write, edit, start or view other articles on Pakistan, see the Pakistan Portal
Flag of Pakistan.svg

Pakistan’s parliament dissolved itself at midnight Thursday to make way for a new caretaker government to oversee January elections. VOA’s Barry Newhouse reports from Islamabad that while President Pervez Musharraf tries to make the elections appear credible despite emergency rule, his opponents are busy uniting against him.

Senate chairman and member of the ruling Pakistan Muslim League (PML-Q), Muhammad Mian Soomro, was appointed by Musharraf as interim Prime Minister. The rest of the cabinet will be announced later, though local television said that Musharraf loyalists had been chosen. Opposition leaders said that the January elections will not be free and fair.

Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz addressed a final cabinet meeting late Thursday before the new caretaker government takes office Friday. State television broadcast footage of Aziz praising officials for their accomplishments.

“We have promoted press freedom and freedom of expression. No government has been more tolerant that ours in hearing criticism,” Aziz said.

Pervez Musharraf says he wants to be a civilian president

The claims of progress by the close ally of General Musharraf stood in stark contrast to political opposition leaders, who say security forces continue to pursue the president’s critics.

Ahsan Iqbal is a spokesman for the political party of exiled former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. He spoke to VOA by telephone.

“After elections were announced, they should have put an end to all these arrests of opposition leaders,” said Iqbal. “But they are still hounding us; they are still searching for us. I am in a hideout. The entire leadership of the Pakistan Muslim League (N) (PML-N) is either in jail or in detention or they are in hiding. So how can there be fair and free elections in the country.”

“We totally reject it. This appointment, in fact, is part of General Musharraf’s scheme to perpetuate his rule,” said Mushahidullah Khan, also of PML-N.

While the government crackdown is succeeding in preventing mass protests, its success is unifying political opposition leaders.

Former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto has confirmed that she has spoken with Mr. Sharif about forming a broad coalition to challenge General Musharraf.

Benazir Bhutto says she would prefer a broad coalition to be the interim government.
Image: IFaqeer.

“I think that we the leaders of political parties need to exchange ideas of what could be a possible agenda for all of us to rally around,” she said.

Ms. Bhutto made the comments in a phone interview with Dawn News, an independent television news broadcaster that returned to local airwaves Thursday for the first time since emergency rule was imposed November 3.

United States diplomat, Brian Hunt visited with Bhutto in Lahore. Afterwards he told reporters, “I conveyed to the former prime minister the continuing U.S. government concerns about the state of emergency.” He called for detainees to be freed, even as authorities arrested more Bhutto supporters at protests in various cities.

Musharraf has recently said that he intends to step down as the Chief of Army Staff and be sworn in as a civilian president, as soon as the Supreme Court of Pakistan dismisses challenges to his re-election.

Dawn and a few other stations have agreed to abide by a new code of conduct that bars news coverage that directly criticizes the president, the army or the judiciary. Criticism of the president’s policies is allowed.

News anchors and hosts can face heavy financial penalties and up to three years in prison if any part of their shows is considered in violation of the law. Most political reporters for the networks have not returned to work.




This article is based on Caretaker Government to Take Office in Pakistan Ahead of Elections by VOA News which has a copyright policy compatible with our CC-BY 2.5. Specifically “Copyright status of work by the U.S. government

Sources

Bookmark-new.svg


This text comes from Wikinews. Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 licence. For a complete list of contributors for this article, visit the corresponding history entry on Wikinews.

November 4, 2007

Hundreds detained under emergency rule in Pakistan

Hundreds detained under emergency rule in Pakistan

From Wikinews, the free news source you can write!
Jump to: navigation, search

Sunday, November 4, 2007

Pakistan
Other stories from Pakistan
  • 18 February 2015: Pakistan releases 173 Indian prisoners at Wagah border
  • 18 December 2014: Nation mourns, world condemns Taliban attack on Pakistan army school
  • 14 August 2014: Indian Prime Minister accuses Pakistan of waging proxy war
  • 27 July 2014: India and Pakistan accuse each other of ceasefire violation
  • 24 July 2014: Security guards attacked in Peshawar, Pakistan
…More articles here
Location of Pakistan

A map showing the location of Pakistan

To write, edit, start or view other articles on Pakistan, see the Pakistan Portal
Flag of Pakistan.svg

Pervez Musharraf in 2004.
Image: Antônio Cruz/ABr.

Hundreds of people were rounded up by security forces in Pakistan, one day after Pervez Musharraf declared emergency rule, effectively martial law. Scores of opposition figures were among those detained.

Javed Hashmi, a leader of the Pakistan Muslim League (N) party, the party of exiled former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, was arrested. “Musharraf’s days are numbered. The time has come to end the political role of the army,” he told reporters in Multan before being taken away by police. Nawaz Sharif said to an Indian news channel: “We have not witnessed such a grave situation in the 60 years of Pakistan’s history.”

Also arrested were pro-democracy attorney, Munir Malik, and the leader of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, Asma Jehangir. Both have been involved in protests against Musharraf in past years. Troops also arrested the staff of the Commission and began to close off and surround government buildings.

Former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, who recently returned home, addressed supporters in Karachi. “This is a situation worse than an emergency. The people of Pakistan will not accept this,” Bhutto said.

On Saturday, Musharraf laid out his reasons for the emergency rule. “Please do not expect or demand your level of democracy, which you learned over a number of centuries. Please also do not demand or expect your number of civil rights, human rights or civil liberties … Please give us time. For me and every Pakistani, Pakistan comes first,” said Musharraf in a statement.

In a “charge sheet” levied against the judiciary, the government said: “… (T)here has been increasing interference by some members of the judiciary in government policy, adversely affecting economic growth, in particular,” adding that there was “constant interference in executive functions.”

The government further accused the judiciary of having “weakened the writ of the government, the police force … been completely demoralised and …fast losing its efficacy to fight terrorism, and intelligence agencies … thwarted in their activities and prevented from pursuing terrorists.”

Parliamentary elections may be delayed. The current Prime Minister, Shaukat Aziz said, at a news conference, that the government is still committed to democracy, but “the government is deliberating on the election schedule.”

“Now that we have emergency rule, parliament’s term can be extended by one year,” said Aziz. Pakistan was due to have a general election on January 15, 2008.

Secretary Rice met with President Musharraf at the Presidential Palace on June 27, 2007.

Meanwhile, the United States has said it will review the financial aid that is providing Pakistan. United States Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice told reporters, while in Jerusalem: “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.”

The US has given an estimated US$10 billion in aid to Pakistan since 2001, primarily for counter-terrorism. This year Pakistan is receiving about $700 million in assistance.

“We have to be very cognizant of the fact that some of the assistance that has been going directly to Pakistan is directly related to counter-terrorism missions. This is a complicated matter,” Rice said. She also condemned the declaration of emergency rule, saying “it’s highly regrettable that Pakistan’s president has declared a state of martial law. The U.S. does not support extra constitutional measures.”

US Senator Joe Biden, the chairperson on the US Senate Committee on Foreign Relations agreed that a review is needed. “I’m not sure how much good that military aid we’re giving him to fight the extremists is doing us anyway,” he said on television program, Face the Nation.

Tony Blair, special envoy for the Quartet on the Middle East said on Late Edition with Wolf Blitzer: “The sooner that we return to the pledges to restore democracy that were set out, the better. But it’s a very, very difficult situation this indeed, and it’s a situation that if it’s not resolved in the right way, I think it’s extremely worrying for the whole of the world, not just for Pakistan.”



Related news

  • “Musharraf declares emergency rule in Pakistan” — Wikinews, November 3, 2007

Sources

Wikipedia
Wikipedia has more about this subject:
2007 Pakistani state of emergency
Bookmark-new.svg


This text comes from Wikinews. Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 licence. For a complete list of contributors for this article, visit the corresponding history entry on Wikinews.

August 28, 2007

Pakistan test fires nuclear-capable cruise missile

Pakistan test fires nuclear-capable cruise missile

From Wikinews, the free news source you can write!
Jump to: navigation, search

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Pakistan successfully test fired a new cruise missile on Saturday that is capable of carrying nuclear weapons.

The announcement was made by the nation’s military in a statement, saying that the air-launched Ra’ad (meaning ‘thunder’ in Arabic) missile has been successfully tested. The missile is constructed using materials and designs specifically developed for stealth and has a range of 350 kilometres, they said.

The missile was developed exclusively in Pakistan, and, according to the statement, has been built specifically with Pakistan’s existing air force platforms in mind, in order to give these ‘a strategic stand-off capability on land and at sea,’. The statement also said that the missile’s accuracy was comparable to Pakistan’s long-range Babur missile, and that the missile is capable of carrying “all types of warheads”.

Both the Pakistani prime minister, Shaukat Aziz and the president, Pervez Musharraf, congratulated the team of scientists and engineers who developed the new technology. “Pakistan’s defense will continue to be strengthened as an imperative of national security, they said, and assured all support to Pakistan’s strategic program,” according to the army.

Sources

Bookmark-new.svg


This text comes from Wikinews. Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 licence. For a complete list of contributors for this article, visit the corresponding history entry on Wikinews.

November 19, 2006

Blair, Brown promise an extra £540 milllion to Pakistan, Iraq

Blair, Brown promise an extra £540 milllion to Pakistan, Iraq

From Wikinews, the free news source you can write!
Jump to: navigation, search

Sunday, November 19, 2006

Iraq War
Other Iraq War stories
  • 14 March 2014: Labour politician Tony Benn dies aged 88
  • 28 February 2012: U.S. Army identifies remains of last U.S. soldier unaccounted for in Iraq
  • 21 December 2011: Remaining US troops exit Iraq
  • 3 December 2010: British warship HMS Invincible put up for auction online
  • 23 October 2010: WikiLeaks releases Iraq War logs
Iraqi security forces
Armed forces in Iraq - January 2008.png
Background
  • Wikipedia article about the Iraq War

On Sunday, Prime Minister Blair is expected to pledge to double the UK’s development aid for Pakistan to £480m ($960m) during the next three years. Also this weekend, Chancellor Brown promised an extra £100m ($188m) to Iraq to “help rebuild the economy”.

Tony Blair expects to meet the President of Pakistan, Pervez Musharraf and Pakistan’s Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz to discuss anti-terrorism measures and the radicalisation of youth.

Gordon Brown met some of the 7,000 British troops deployed in the theatre and said he hoped to see troop reduction in the next few months. He also met Iraqi deputy prime minister Barham Saleh and some senior Iraqi ministers and discussed the economy with them.

This is Brown’s first visit to Iraq and it is seen as part of a programme to establish his credentials as Blair’s successor.

Sources

Bookmark-new.svg


This text comes from Wikinews. Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 licence. For a complete list of contributors for this article, visit the corresponding history entry on Wikinews.

January 23, 2006

No evidence of dead terrorists in US bombed Pakistan village

No evidence of dead terrorists in US bombed Pakistan village

From Wikinews, the free news source you can write!
Jump to: navigation, search

Monday, January 23, 2006

Aziz is on the left; US’s Wolfowitz on the right

In an interview with CNN, Pakistani Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz said “There is no evidence, as of half an hour ago, that there were any other people there”. United States officials have previously stated that as many as eight al-Qaeda operatives were dining in Damadola when struck by United States missiles. As many as eighteen individuals were killed in the strike.

In the interview Prime Minister Aziz labelled a U.S. report that senior al Qaeda leaders were killed in a CIA attack as “bizarre”.

Mr Aziz said, “The area does see movement of people from across the border. But we have not found one body or one shred of evidence that these people were there.”

“If you just reflect on what happened; first, we heard that there was a dinner meeting with all the seniors,” the Prime Minister said. “I think that’s a bizarre thought, because these people don’t get together for dinner in a terrain or environment like that.”

The U.S. network ABC News reported January 18 on its Web site that the attack killed Khabab, quoting “Pakistani authorities.” However a number of Pakistani officials have told CNN they cannot confirm the ABC report.

J.D. Crouch, the USA’s Deputy National Security Advisor to President Bush told CNN on January 19, that there was no confirmation that any senior al Queda operatives were killed in the bombing.

Related news

Sources

Bookmark-new.svg


This text comes from Wikinews. Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 licence. For a complete list of contributors for this article, visit the corresponding history entry on Wikinews.

January 17, 2006

Pakistanis condemn US airstrike

Pakistanis condemn US airstrike – Wikinews, the free news source

Pakistanis condemn US airstrike

From Wikinews, the free news source you can write!
Jump to: navigation, search

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Pakistani tribesmen numbering in the thousands protested and some set fire to the office of a U.S. related agency as the people and government of Pakistan for the second consecutive day on Sunday expressed their anger over U.S. attacks on Pakistani civilians along the frontier.

Many major cities in Pakistan were affected by the protests. In the largest city of Karachi, the crowd was estimated at 10,000, with chants of “Death to America” and “Stop bombing against innocent people.” Riot police were deployed, but there were no reports of violence.

In a nationally broadcasted speech on Sunday by President Pervez Musharraf , he made no reference to the Friday air strike. “If we keep sheltering foreign terrorists here … our future will not be good. Remember what I say,” he said.

Pakistan’s Information Minister, Sheikh Rashid Ahmed, said the attack was “highly condemnable” and that his government wanted “to assure the people we will not allow such incidents to reoccur.”

Liaqat Baluch, a lawmaker from Mutahida Majlis-e-Amal, said “We demand that Pervez Musharraf resign and American troops vacate all parts of Pakistan and go out of Afghanistan and Iraq.” Sahibzada Haroon ur Rashid, a lawmaker from a hardline Islamic party, called the attack “open terrorism.”

Protests opposing the government’s participation in the U.S.-led war on terror, and the recent series of U.S. attacks along the frontier that killed civilians were held nationwide. Shahid Shamsi, a spokesman for the anti-American religious coalition that organized the rallies announced more and bigger protests in the days to come. He said “Pakistani civilians, including children, were killed,” and explained that “principles cannot be broken in the name of (fighting) terrorism.”

Unnamed sources in the United States indicate that the missile strikes were intended to assassinate specific Al-Queda members.

The Pakistani Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz of the ruling Muslim League (Q) party demanded an apology from the United States on Monday. He also said his scheduled trip to the United States will proceed as planned. He will leave Tuesday for talks there on security issues, and meet with business leaders to garner foreign investment.

Related Wikinews

Sources

Bookmark-new.svg


This text comes from Wikinews. Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 licence. For a complete list of contributors for this article, visit the corresponding history entry on Wikinews.

Powered by WordPress