Pervez Musharraf has declared a state of emergency in Pakistan — is anybody surprised?
The official reason is that he feels the judiciary is interfering with government and Islamic militancy is a threat. However, as AFP notes:
Paramilitary troops and police surrounded the Supreme Court in Islamabad, which had been due in coming days to give a verdict on the legality of military ruler Musharraf’s victory in an October 6 presidential election.
The supreme court ordered the suspension of emergency rule, private television reported, but the government rejected the move.
As his election was, in my eyes, illegal, I am not at all taken aback by his naked bid to cling to power. He will hang on to this for as long as the army — of which he is the head — backs him.by