The United States will review its financial aid package to its key anti-terrorism ally Pakistan after President Gen. Pervez Musharraf imposed a state of emergency there on Saturday, U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Sunday.
[…] Sunday Pakistani Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz told reporters that the state of emergency declared in Pakistan will be imposed for “as long as it is necessary.”
Aziz said no decision had yet been made as to whether parliamentary elections scheduled for January would go ahead as planned, but earlier Information Minister Tariq Azim Khan on Dubai-based GEO TV said parliamentary elections would be delayed indefinitely.
The political turmoil comes ahead of a Supreme Court ruling on whether Musharraf’s recent re-election is legal.
Aziz said there could be “some timing difference” on the schedule for elections but affirmed the Pakistan leadership was still committed to democracy. He said the state of emergency had been imposed to “bring more harmony to the pillars of state” and to protect against extremism in the country. […]
More details from Reuters on the declaration of state of emergency here: Musharraf imposes emergency rule.