NEWS: Musharraf: “The emergency reinforces the war on terror”

Musharraf gives no date for end to rule

In a defiant news conference Sunday, the Pakistani president, General Pervez Musharraf, refused to give a date for the end of the de facto martial law that he imposed more than a week ago and suggested that it would continue indefinitely, including during parliamentary elections in early January.

Speaking one day after President George W. Bush said Musharraf was the best president for Pakistan, the general said the emergency decree was justified by the need to fight terrorism, and would “ensure absolutely fair and transparent elections.” [complete article]

See also, Bush, Rice defend Musharraf as an ally (WP), Pakistan to America: keep out (Bashir Goth), and Pakistan emergency ‘aiding Taliban’ (Al Jazeera).

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