From British weekly The Observer:
‘Desperate’ Musharraf declares martial law
· Pakistan’s president acts against rivals
· Britain expresses ‘grave concern’
Declan Walsh in Islamabad
Sunday November 4, 2007
The action to reassert his flagging authority was, he said, a response to Islamic militancy and to the ‘paralysis of government by judicial interference’. He said that his country’s sovereignty was at stake.
Judges and lawyers were arrested, troops poured on to city streets and television and radio stations were taken off the air. Musharraf also suspended the constitution and fired the chief justice, Muhammad Iftikhar Chaudhry, who spearheaded a powerful mass movement against him earlier this year.
See also here.
From a BBC report:
Pakistani lawyers, who have lead opposition to recent curbs on the Supreme Court by Gen Musharraf, announced they would strike on Monday in protest at the president’s decision.
Tariq Ali: Pakistan takes yet another step into the dark night: here.
Update 6 November 2007: here.
Ousted Pakistan judge urges anti-Musharraf uprising
Pakistani policemen beat and arrest a lawyer outside a court
©AFP – Arif Ali
ISLAMABAD – Pakistan’s sacked chief justice urged people to “rise up” against President Pervez Musharraf’s emergency rule Tuesday, as the government ignored a global outcry and cracked down on fresh protests.
Update 7 November 2007: here.
Australia and Musharraf: here.
Update 9 November 2007: here.