Emergency in Pakistan to be lifted in a month, says Qayyum

November 14th, 2007 - 10:23 am ICT by admin  

“The emergency is likely to be lifted in a month,” Qayyum told Geo News.

“It is mainly because of the law and order situation in some parts of the country. We hope it will continue to improve as it is improving now,” Qayyum added.

Replying to a question about petitions against Musharraf’s presidential candidacy, Qayyum said that he is trying that Supreme Court would resume the hearing as soon as possible.

So far, there are nine judges. The hearing would be resumed soon after formation of 11-memebr Bench, The news reported.

He expressed hope that the two judges would be appointed within a day or two.

Earlier, ruling PML (Q) President Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain had said that there is a possibility that elections in Pakistan could be delayed by a few weeks, but added that the state of emergency would not last more than three weeks.

“I’m sure it will end in two to three weeks as President Pervez Musharraf is aware of the consequences of long emergency rule,” he said.

“Nobody is in favour of emergency. It was promulgated reluctantly by the Chief of the Army Staff,” Shujaat said, rejecting some politicians’ view that it was “virtual martial law”. (ANI)

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