Emergency order wounds Musharraf By Jo Johnson and Farhan Bokhari Published: December 14 2007 16:26 Last updated: December 14 2007 16:26Pervez Musharraf, Pakistan’s president, is expected on Saturday to lift a six-week state of emergency that has drawn international condemnation and tested relations with Washington, his biggest ally. There are signs that the order, introduced…

Musharraf assumes nuclear control Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf has put the country’s nuclear weapons under the control of the president, rather than the prime minister.The president issued an ordinance – which has to be ratified by parliament some time over the next six months – which formalised his control on Friday.His move comes amid concern…

Wednesday, 12 December 2007[Analysis] A country under siegeAnouar BoukharsSixty years after its invention as an imagined national community whose membership was defined by religious affiliation, Pakistan is a deeply fractured and bitterly divided society, beset with enormous political and security problems. President Pervez Musharraf’s desire to maintain political power at all costs has undermined the…

Islamic scholars says surrogacy is prohibited Bin Laden daughter-in-law wants surrogate baby Tuesday, 11 December 2007 Zeina with Omar bin Laden (Exclusive) Jane Felix-Browne, the wife of Osama bin Laden’s son Omar, said that she and her husband are planning to have a child with the help of a surrogate mother. “I want a part…

[Facts] Possible Election Outcomes Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf’s decision to lift emergency rule on Dec. 16 clears the way for a general election that will pass judgment on months of political turmoil in the nuclear-armed Muslim state.Here is an explanation of how elections work in Pakistan and some scenarios for the outcome of the vote.Few…

Dismantling the Taleban is the aimBy Paul Reynolds World affairs correspondent, BBC News websiteIf, as the British Prime Minister Gordon Brown claims, “we are winning the battle” in Afghanistan, then why should there need to be a “shift of emphasis” as a senior foreign office official put it?The answer is that the military and civilian…

Pakistan’s Musharraf vows no ‘trouble’ after elections ISLAMABAD (AFP) — Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf pledged Tuesday to cooperate with whoever wins January’s crucial general elections, saying that he was not a “trouble creator.”Opposition leaders and former premiers Benazir Bhutto and Nawaz Sharif have accused Musharraf of wanting to rig the polls in favour of parties…

Behind Musharraf’s Emergency Rule The unnecessary hype about terrorism coming from Western media skirts the real challenges facing democracy in Pakistan. An overblown and exclusive focus on the danger of terrorism will in the end only strengthen and prolong dictatorship in Pakistan, notes Ershad Mahmud. Islamabad – Many Western media and policymakers appear preoccupied with…

Stratfor The NIE Report: Solving a Geopolitical Problem with Iran By George Friedman The United States released a new National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) on Dec. 3. It said, “We judge with high confidence that in the fall of 2003, Tehran halted its nuclear weapons program.” It went on to say, “Tehran’s decision to halt its…

Pakistan: The Clinton Coup That’s how Musharaff got into power! The Clinton’s APPROVED of his INSTALLATION!”Back in Pakistan, Sharif Condemns Musharraf” by JANE PERLEZISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Nov. 26 — As prime minister in the 1990s, Nawaz Sharif was a religiously conservative, nationalist leader who allowed the Taliban to flourish in Afghanistan and detonated a nuclear weapon…