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Nuclear power Pakistan: Musharraf suspends constitution; violence erupts

Hmmmm…Iran, no nukes, Pakistan, nukes and chaos. What do you think Bush will do about this “situation,” as the White House's “partner” in the Global War on TerrorTM, led by President General Pervez Musharraf, turns into a violent police state. (The Pakistani Newspaper):

The police on Monday baton-charged and arrested more than 150 protesting lawyers in Rawalpindi and Karachi witnesses said. They were protesting the state of emergency imposed by President General Pervez Musharraf.

Police and paramilitary soldiers sealed off the high court in Karachi and barred journalists and lawyers from entering, before charging at lawyers outside the building, lawyers and witnesses said. “It has never happened in Pakistan's history that such huge number of lawyers have been arrested,” former Sindh High Court judge Rashid Razvi, told reporters. “More than 100 lawyers were arrested in Karachi after police foiled their attempt to hold a bar association meeting,” he said.

Pakistani opposition leader Benazir Bhutto, the target of an assassination attempt when she returned to the country a couple of weeks ago, calls for Musharref to “revive the constitution by lifting martial law.”

Condi's statement:

U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, speaking at a news conference in the West Bank during Middle East peace talks, urged Musharraf to sever his links with the military and reinstate civilian rule, The Associated Press said Monday.

Rice said Musharraf should stick to his word and “take off his uniform,” the agency reported. “I want to be very clear. We believe that the best path for Pakistan is to quickly return to a constitutional path and then to hold elections,” she said in comments carried by AP

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