President Addressing the Nation

President Musharraf began his address a few minutes ago – Initial comments include the justification of why things are the way they are, major reasons including the recent unrest in the Northern regions.

He has just begun his comments about the unstable politics that were there before he took over, and how he and his government have worked to re-instate stability and economic growth. He has declared the State of Emergency to counter the recent terroristic activities ongoing across the country. A loose translation of one of his statements include – “Investors and investments that have been coming to Pakistan are slowing down because of the terrorism acts which show us as being an unstable environemtn.” and “Certain people are trying to stop our growth from happening and putting hurdles in the process.”

As this post is going up, he is giving an overview of what progress has happened in terms of infrastructure building, etc.. and he has declared emergency because “I cannot see things going back to the way they were”.

PTV Home is providing the feed to the television sets that are still getting reception.

62 Comments so far

  1. Imran (unregistered) on November 4th, 2007 @ 5:00 pm

    Addendum to ShahidnUSA,

    1. TERRORISM and JAHALAT are 2 DIFFERENT things.

    2. But ofcourse if you want to draw the parallel between TERROSRISM and JIHAD, well that’s a debate which is ongoing in the Developed World. And needs to be understood by the conservative (not-so-modern) muslims … before all muslims (modern & not-modern) see the end of civilization.


  2. Neena (unregistered) on November 4th, 2007 @ 5:56 pm

    Is someone directed you guys at KMB and LMB to censor comments because my regular remarks are being held? Stay cool guys we are with you in these hard times.


  3. Neena (unregistered) on November 4th, 2007 @ 6:02 pm

    Emergency is to keep Musharaf to eliminate terrorism“.

    He need to get rid of *some guys* (can’t write who otherwise this comment would never make it) in his government who are pretty close to Extremists ideologically. Remember Lal mosque someone let them sneak arms in that fort called Islamabad.


  4. omar r. quraishi (unregistered) on November 4th, 2007 @ 6:30 pm

    Editorial, The News, Nov 4

    Black Saturday

    Sunday, November 04, 2007

    November 3 will go down as another dark day in Pakistan’s political and constitutional history. It can be safely said that this is one of General Pervez Musharraf’s gravest errors of judgment, and a sorry indication that nothing has been learnt from the mistakes of the past. The imposition of emergency rule and suspension of the 1973 Constitution announced on Saturday is only going to destroy the very institutions that this country crucially needs for evolving into a true democracy, particularly the judiciary, media and parliament. It will further fracture an already weakened federation, alienate those who have grievances against the centre, such as the Tribal Areas and Balochistan, and push whatever little credibility the government had down a very deep abyss. Such a draconian step will also have little effect on our ability to fight terrorism and extremism. It would be fair to assume that the emergency has been imposed only to target two institutions: the judiciary and the media but it may well have poisonous effects on another: i.e. parliament. Those in the ruling PML-Q will be foolish not to realise that the legislative branch of government has received a death blow as well since the imposition has come from an army general.

    The fact that the official statement carrying the emergency announcement used ‘army chief’ rather than president to refer to the authority behind the promulgation is significant as well indicating that perhaps what we have on our hands is a de facto martial law — one in which the assemblies will function but only to give the impression that democracy has not been hampered in any manner. Furthermore, the timing of the proclamation, a few days before an expected judgment on a case that could have potentially declared the president’s re-election null and void, is such that very few people in this country, or overseas for that matter, will buy the argument that it has been imposed to arrest the deteriorating law and order situation and to allow the government to focus on fighting extremism and militancy. It will be difficult to remove public doubts that it has only been imposed to target a superior judiciary that has finally found some spine and is carrying out its constitutional role of acting as a watchdog on the executive, which in Pakistan’s case was often overstepping its constitutionally-defined authority. As for the media, the fact that private television channels were blacked out for the better part of Saturday is a grim indication of the government’s intentions. However, here too, such bans are essentially counter-productive and will be seen by ordinary Pakistanis as a desperate act of a regime bent on shielding itself from criticism.

    Meanwhile, the Chief Justice of Pakistan has been informed that his services were no longer required. In any case, the promulgation of a provisional constitutional order would mean that most of the judges of the Supreme Court who had in recent weeks taken a brave and defiant stand against the government and the military would be pushed aside and not be invited to take a fresh oath; many would in all probability decline such an offer. As news of the imposition of emergency spread, eight members of the Supreme Court defiantly struck down the proclamation, which could well trigger off a new stand-off. The future is not looking good — not least because the president’s move is bound to have massive repercussions and a severe response from all segments of civil society. Such acts are indefensible at any time, more so in this day and age.


  5. ShahidnUSA (unregistered) on November 4th, 2007 @ 9:10 pm

    @ Mr Omar R Qureshi
    I respect your concern and I understand you are upset. I am as well. But please caution on using inflammatory phrases such as:

    Poisonous effect
    found some spine
    defiant stand
    Future is not looking good etc. etc.,

    Please dont fuel the fire
    Thank you


  6. bluemax (unregistered) on November 4th, 2007 @ 10:13 pm

    “fuel the fire” … ShahidnUSA, thats what our 3 main TV news channels have been doing since last 5 years. Live telecasts showing gory details after bomb blasts, spreading baseless conspiracy theories, jumping to conclusions without even a hint of fact, etc. etc. I am all for airing open debates and discussions (healthy or otherwise) but igniting passion and spreading confusion is pathetic.


  7. pkhan (unregistered) on November 4th, 2007 @ 10:25 pm

    Omar Qureshi
    Judges are defiant to hide their corruption and does not want to go to jail.Police is less corrupt than our judges.You go kill some one ,give two lakh to Black Coat lawyers(liers)and u are out of prison.that kind of Justice they were providing.Shame on these corrupt judges.
    Long Live Musharaff.


  8. faraz (unregistered) on November 4th, 2007 @ 11:44 pm

    Geo Musharaf…! This country is not ready for a democracy, we need this emergency, martial law or whatever you want to call it to keep everyone in check. And that’s exactly what the PRESIDENT said in his speech; we just need time. Who cares if he’s in office for 8 years, at least he’s doing something for the country, unlike others who keep coming back. Be it democracy, or military rule – as long as the economy is flourishing or on the way to it, and common person needs are fulfilled (water, electricity, etc.) then who cares about what kind of government it is. May Allah help our president to make the right decisions and InshAllah Pakistan will come back strong again.


  9. Saad Usman (unregistered) on November 5th, 2007 @ 12:17 am

    “Geo Musharaf…! This country is not ready for a democracy, we need this emergency, martial law or whatever you want to call it to keep everyone in check.”

    See, this is the problem. He wants to keep a check on everybody, but wont allow anybody to question what He is doing.

    Why in the world, do we need a “dictator” who wants himself above the law?


  10. faraz (unregistered) on November 5th, 2007 @ 3:47 am

    What do you want to question him about? You think anybody else will be elected democratically? I don’t think so. Bhutto won’t be elected democratically, she’ll pay people aka “grass roots” to vote for her party, and blah blah blah. A dictator is the only way Pakistan can be tamed, unfortunately. That’s the truth, not like we follow laws anyway, its the kind of nation that needs a dictator. IF you want to call him a dictator. What other choice do you have? Which one was better? Pakistan under BB rule? Sharif Rule? or Musharraf rule? All facts and figures tell us that Musharraf is the only choice we have. So like I said GEO MUSHARRAF.


  11. xyz (unregistered) on November 5th, 2007 @ 8:46 am

    I completely agree with Faraz. This nation deserves corrupt people like Benazir and Nawaz, we should be thankful that we have Musharraf who has done alot of goodas compared to the rest. As they say, beggers can’t be choosers. Sorry if I offended anyone, I am a part of this nation and was just trying to lay out some hard facts.

    Now everyone is with the lawyers (thanks to the media, sansationalization by the lawyers etc.) Since we are such an emotional nation, we are very esy to be convinced by anyone (look at BB’s and Nawaz’s followership even after minting so much money, people are atill crazy about them). We all have forgotten how corrupt the judiciary in our country is, its basis is bribery and personal gain. Who gives a damn about the people of Pakistan. If you think the lawyers or ex CJ is loyal to the country, then you are sadly mistaken my friends. They all have their gains, CJ wants to be the next PM (as was promised by Nawaz). Anyway, hope things get better during the emergency rule. God bless my country.


  12. libertarian (unregistered) on November 6th, 2007 @ 1:35 pm

    for all those who say we can never have democracy and need a ‘danda’…..its insulting calling pakistanis cattle and sheep….I am a free man and no gun or boot shall silence me….if you want your brothers to be ruled by fascist dictators then you have no role in this country as this was founded with the sweat and blood of our fore fathers who fought the british for the same reason that today we have no civil liberties…..free to gather to protest , free to voice my concern against who ever I want and free to send the army to the baracks as they are on our payroll …through taxes…
    I WANT MY CONSTITUTION BACK!!!
    RESTORE THE REPUBLIC!!!



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