Pakistan has been suspended from the Commonwealth again after General Musharraf failed to lift the emergency rule he put in place a few weeks ago when he thought he was not going to be allowed to be president.
Pakistan’s Supreme Court – now consisting only of loyal Supreme Court Judges that Musharraf has appointed himself – has ruled that he can still be president whilst being head of the armed forces.
Musharraf has faced open opposition both from political opponents and
joe jamal public. Imran Khan went on the run after Musharraf ordered his arrest for leading an opposition party. He was eventually grassed up and put under house arrest. Benazir Bhutto has been placed under house arrest several times, usually when protests have been organised so that she can’t attend and whip up opposition to Musharraf.
The One Eyed Wonder of Wankistan yesterday said that Musharraf had given him firm commitments on removing emergency rule and holding free and fair elections. Meanwhile, the UK and Canada were leading the call for Pakistan to be expelled from the Commonwealth. Pakistan was expelled from the Commonwealth in 1999 for 5 years when Musharraf first took control of Pakistan in a military coup. Pakistan was allowed to return to the Commonwealth on the condition that Musharraf gave up control of the military. Which he hasn’t. But as long as he allows American planes and troops to be based in Pakistan to continue their war
for oil against terror, Musharraf can be safe in the knowledge that the “will of the international community” won’t be to force economic sanctions or take military action.