On day four of the emergency, the Pakistani government crackdown against pro-democracy activists continues with reports of dozens of further arrests.
|Inside Story asks if emergency rule was really |
needed in Pakistan [EPA]
Inside Story asks if the country will be able to hold elections as scheduled and where Pervez Musharraf, the Pakistani president, is heading.
With a cabinet meeting this evening and the parliament holding a session tomorrow to decide on the scheduled parliamentary elections, we ask whether there was a real need to declare emergency rule.
Critics have said Musharraf acted to pre-empt a judgment by the supreme court on whether his re-election last month was legal. Yet Musharraf remains the strongest US ally in the war on terror. Would George Bush, the US president, be willing to turn a blind eye to the current situation, or maybe Benazir Bhutto, a former Pakistani prime minister, would be a better candidate who could continue the 'war on terror' with a more democratic mandate?
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This episode of Inside Story aired on Tuesday November 06, 2007
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