A state of emergency
was declared by Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf
on November 3, 2007, and lasted until December 15, 2007,during which time the constitution
was suspended.When the state of emergency
was declared, Musharraf controversially held both positions of President
and Chief of Army Staff
. He later resigned as army chief 25 days into the emergency on November 28.The state of emergency and its responses are generally attributed to the controversies surrounding the re-election of Musharraf during the presidential election
on October 6, 2007, including his holding of both offices of President and Chief of Army Staff at the time.
Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry
reacted promptly to the emergency declaration, convening a seven-member bench which issued an interim order against this action. He also directed the armed forces of Pakistan not to obey any illegal orders. Subsequently, the 111th brigade of the Pakistan army entered the supreme court building and removed Chaudhry and several other judges from the supreme court and arrested them.
It was announced early that the state of emergency would likely end in late November or early December 2007. After being sworn in for a second presidential term on November 29, 2007, Musharraf immediately declared that the state of... Read More