Saturday, November 3, 2007

TEXT-Key excerpts of Pakistan Musharraf's emergency order

ISLAMABAD, Nov 3 (Reuters) - Pakistan military President Pervez Musharraf imposed emergency rule on Saturday, citing mounting militant attacks and interference by members of the judiciary. Key excerpts of the text follow:

... there is visible ascendancy in the activities of extremists and incidents of terrorist attacks, including suicide bombings, IED explosions, rocket firing and bomb explosions and the banding together of some militant groups, have taken such activities to an unprecedented level of violent intensity posing a grave threat to the life and property of the citizens of Pakistan.

... some members of the judiciary are working at cross purposes with the executive and legislature in the fight against terrorism and extremism, thereby weakening the government and the nation's resolve and diluting the efficacy of its actions to control this menace.

... there has been increasing interference by some members of the judiciary in government policy, adversely affecting economic growth in particular.

... constant interference in executive functions, including but not limited to the control of terrorist activity, economic policy, price controls, downsizing of corporations and urban planning, has weakened the writ of the government.

... some hard core militants, extremists, terrorists and suicide bombers, who were arrested and being investigated were ordered to be released. The persons so released have subsequently been involved in heinous terrorist activities, resulting in loss of human life and property. Militants across the country have, thus, been encouraged while law enforcement agencies subdued.

... some judges by overstepping the limits of judicial authority have taken over the executive and legislative functions;

... the government is committed to the independence of the judiciary and the rule of law and holds the superior judiciary in high esteem. It is nonetheless of paramount importance that the honourable judges confine the scope of their activity to the judicial function and not assume charge of administration.

... an important constitutional institution, the Supreme Judicial Council, has been made entirely irrelevant and non est by a recent order and judges have, thus, made themselves immune from inquiry into their conduct and put themselves beyond accountability.

... the humiliating treatement meted to government officials by some members of the judiciary on a routine basis during court proceedings has demoralized the civil bureaucracy, and senior government functionaries, to avoid being harassed, prefer inaction.

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