Pakistan in Crisis


In November 2007, eight years after he first seized power in a coup, and six years after declaring himself president of Pakistan, General Pervez Musharraf declared a state of emergency, suspended the Constitution and basic rights, dismissed the Supreme Court, and imposed a media blackout. He also put former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, who had returned to Pakistan in October after eight years of self-imposed exile, under house arrest. On December 27, 2007, Bhutto was killed in a bomb and gun attack, just 12 days before parliamentary elections scheduled for January 8, 2008. Elections will now be held on February 18.