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Update @ 1702: Presidential Order to cement legal basis for emergency rule

General Pervaiz Musharraf has yet again is seen issuing an ordinance which says the the Emergency cannot be challenged in any court. The presidential order amends the constitution to stipulate that Musharraf’s November 3 imposition of emergency “is declared to have been validly made and “shall not be called in question in any court or forum on any ground whatsoever. All other decisions made in relation to emergency rule “shall… be deemed to be and always to have been validly made, added the order. “The presidential order issued today has ratified and validated the action taken on November 3 by the chief of army staff,

This order just goes to show that he genuinely feels insecure with everything around him, literally turning every leaf lest there be some who can strip him of his prized possession – The President of Pakistan. It could also be to negate the statement he accidentally made in an interview with an international media outlet that in his entire term he has done nothing illegal except this emergency, maybe a slip of the tongue but a statement nevertheless. All I can say God Bless Pakistan … from these power hungry maniacs


  • Claude Almansi |

    A mailing from journalist Afzal Khan about this order is entitled “Musharraf poised to lift emergency/ doff unfirom?”, where the “?” is important. As is “ostensibly” in this passage:
    …Musharraf suddenly abridged his trip to Saudi Arabia and returned here in small hours of this (Wednesday) morning. He presided over an urgent meeting of top aides and legal advisers before issuing the fresh decree. Sources said he has decided to bow down to growing domestic agitation and intense pressure from US and European allies to lift the emergency. The decree is ostensibly intended to offset legal challenges to his November 3 proclamation and subsequents decisions. ….
    Usually, after stating the info, Afzal Khan suggests an interpretation. This time he doesn’t. So the signs seem to be really contradictory – which per se might be a good omen…

  • nota |

    Addition of Article 270AAAA to the Constitution:
    (a) WAR IS PEACE

    ” The Party seeks power entirely for its own sake We are different from all the oligarchies of the past, in that we know what we are doing. All the others, even those who resembled ourselves, were cowards and hypocrites. The German Nazis and the Russian Communists came very close to us in their methods, but they never had the courage to recognize their own motives. They pretended, perhaps they even believed, that they had seized power unwillingly and for a limited time, and that just round the corner there lay a paradise where human beings would be free and equal. We are not like that. We know that no one ever seizes power with the intention of relinquishing it. Power is not a means, it is an end. One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes the revolution in order to establish the dictatorship. The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power.”
    -George Orwell’s 1984, Part III, chapter III

    “If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human facefor ever.”
    -George Orwell’s 1984