Martial law rumours gaining strength in Pakistan

November 14th, 2007 - 8:13 am ICT by admin  
Though the government has constantly rejected such reports, the rumours just refuse to die down because of the current law and order situation and the political uncertainty in the country.

These rumours are also strengthened by the cancellation of former premier Benazir Bhutto’s expected visit to Dubai.

Political observers believe it is now a matter of time before Musharraf decides on resorting to extra-constitutional steps for a brief period to avoid the difficulties being faced by him.

Sources have said that no final decision has yet been taken as discussions are continuing between those who are in favour of taking this step before the announcement of the court order and those who want it taken only after the court’s decision if it goes against Musharraf.

The ruling PML-Q and its allies obviously do not relish the idea of an adverse decision by the SC, they said.

The PML-Q is also averse to the prospect of Nawaz Sharif’s return to Pakistan to challenge them, particularly in Punjab.

The PML-Q leadership has throughout hinted that the tenure of the National Assembly can be extended for one year to delay the general elections.

So they may be pushing for a longer interregnum than a short one, the Daily Times reported. (ANI)

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