Musharraf imposed emergency after Bush nod: Source

November 14th, 2007 - 8:28 am ICT by admin  
Though the US was averse to the idea of imposing emergency, it gave the go ahead to Musharraf because of the sporadic violence across the country, especially in the troubled Swat region and other tribal dominant areas, the source further revealed.

The Bush Administration believed that the emergency was necessary to contain rising extremism in the country, The Nation reported.

Another source said that if that were not the case, the Pentagon would not have rushed to announce that the US would continue its military aid to Musharraf regime.

“At this point, the declaration does not impact on our military support for Pakistan’s efforts in the war on terror,” said Geoff Morrell, the Pentagon press secretary.

Talking about the much-touted deal between former premier Benazir Bhutto and Musharraf, the sources said the US has not abandoned the plan, but has delayed it for time being.

“The assurances by Washington and Islamabad led to Benazir’s return to the country soon after the imposition of emergency instead of opting to stay back in Dubai,” a source said. (ANI)

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