June 14, 2008 |
Tens of thousands of protesters swarmed into Pakistan's capital for a raucous rally led by lawyers demanding the reinstatement of judges and the ouster of President Pervez Musharraf. The gathering, which began Friday amid sweltering heat and continued until around dawn today, threatened to widen a rift within the governing coalition. Some analysts said it could prod the partners to find a way to restore the justices and hasten the exit of the unpopular U.S.-backed president.
October 19, 1999 |
Army troops began pulling back from Pakistan's border with India on Monday, almost a week after the military took over Pakistan's government and four months after a bitter border dispute threatened to erupt into full-fledged war. Gen. Pervez Musharraf, who overthrew the democratically elected government of Nawaz Sharif, said the redeployment was a peaceful gesture toward India. But India responded coolly, saying the move had no military significance.
November 4, 2007 |
Following are excerpts from President Pervez Musharraf's proclamation imposing a state of emergency in Pakistan: * There is visible ascendancy in the activities of extremists and incidents of terrorist attacks, including suicide bombings, IED explosions, rocket firing. . . . Some militant groups have taken such activities to an unprecedented level of violent intensity, posing a grave threat to the life and property of the citizens of Pakistan.
May 20, 2007 |
President Pervez Musharraf acknowledged that Islamic militancy was increasing across Pakistan and said tough measures were needed to fight it. "We need to strongly counter it," Musharraf said in an interview aired late Friday by the private Aaj television channel. He did not elaborate on what measures might be taken.
March 26, 2005 |
More than 10,000 protesters rallied here Friday to demand that President Pervez Musharraf step down. The supporters of a coalition of radical Islamic groups chanted, "God is great" and "Pakistan will not be allowed to become a U.S. colony." The six-party United Action Forum has accused Musharraf, an army general, of reneging on a promise to become a civilian head of state and leave his military job by the end of 2004.
January 18, 2004 |
President Pervez Musharraf was drowned out by booing and jeering opponents Saturday in his first speech to parliament since seizing power in a coup in 1999. Some opponents walked out of the joint session of parliament shortly after the general began speaking. Others drowned out his words with shouts of "Down with dictatorships!" and "Go, Musharraf, go!"
November 11, 1999 |
Nearly one month after throwing out the civilian government, Pakistan's military rulers today accused deposed Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and eight others of treason and kidnapping--charges that carry the death penalty. A formal complaint was filed in connection with an incident Oct. 12 in which Sharif refused landing rights to a passenger aircraft carrying army chief Gen. Pervez Musharraf. The general responded that day by ousting Sharif in a bloodless coup.
August 22, 2002 |
Despite widespread criticism, President Pervez Musharraf unilaterally amended the Pakistani Constitution on Wednesday, granting himself sweeping powers--including the right to dissolve parliament--and extending his term in office. "Pakistan is passing through a very crucial transitional period," Musharraf told reporters in announcing his decision to impose the amendments, which were unveiled in June. "We are taking Pakistan from democratic dictatorship to elected democracy.
August 15, 2001 |
Gen. Pervez Musharraf, who seized power in Pakistan in 1999 and recently declared himself president, promised Tuesday to hold nationwide elections--the final stop on a "road map to democracy"--just before the third anniversary of his bloodless coup. In a speech marking 54 years of Pakistani independence, Musharraf said elections for federal and provincial parliaments will be held Oct. 1-11, 2002.
July 29, 2007 |
President Pervez Musharraf held secret talks with opposition leader and former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, a government minister said Saturday. News media widely reported that the once-bitter rivals discussed a power-sharing deal. An alliance could strengthen the increasingly beleaguered Musharraf, a key U.S. ally, by bringing the secular, liberal opposition into his government amid growing concern about a rise in Islamic militancy.