Musharraf to begin 'emergency rule'

Decision follows meeting between president, military leaders and officials.

    Earlier on Wednesday, Musharraf pulled out of a peace meeting with tribal elders in Afghanistan [AFP]

    Kamal Hyder, Al Jazeera's correspondent in Pakistan said the state of emergency would give the government greater control. 

    "Civil liberties will be suspended such as the right of speech. It will be difficult for the people," Hyder reported.

    No show

    Earlier on Wednesday, Musharraf pulled out of a peace meeting with tribal elders in Afghanistan.

    The president told Hamid Karzai, the Afghan president, that he would send Shaukat Aziz, the prime minister, in his place.
     
    The council meeting, or jirga, was due to start on Thursday and had been brokered by the US president.

    Sean McCormack, US state department spokesman, said that Pakistani officials had discussed Musharraf's reason for skipping the meeting with US and Afghan officials, but he would not elaborate on Pakistan's explanation.

    McCormack said: "President Musharraf certainly wouldn't stay back in Islamabad if he didn't believe he had good and compelling reasons to stay back. Certainly we would understand that."

     

     

     


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Survivor stories from Super Typhoon Haiyan

    Survivor stories from Super Typhoon Haiyan

    The Philippines’ Typhoon Haiyan was the strongest storm ever to make landfall. Five years on, we revisit this story.

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    Russian-Saudi relations could be very different today, if Stalin hadn't killed the Soviet ambassador to Saudi Arabia.

    We Are Still Here: A Story from Native Alaska

    We Are Still Here: A Story from Native Alaska

    From Qatar to Alaska, a personal journey exploring what it means to belong when your culture is endangered.