Your Blogger is pretty sure that Musharraf was going to declare an emergency at 3 am (or so) this morning. It was signed, sealed and ready to be delivered, but then something made him change his mind at the very last moment.
And what was that something?
Most probably it was that 17 minute conversation Musharraf had with Condi Rice at around 2 am.
Condi Rice is as tough as they come. After all, not that long ago, she reduced our Saville Row-suited gigolo Shaukat “I can conquer any woman in two minutes” Aziz to a babbling wreck. So, other than by shooting at the telephone with his ever ready Glock pistol, our commando general had little option but to yield to the coiffured battle-axe from DC.
So suddenly the storyline has changed.
Just last night it was being touted that emergency was the need of the hour because of:
“1. Threats from United States to attack so called terrorist targets and growing terrorist activities in Pakistan.
2. General law and order situation in NWFP and Balochistan.
3. Killing and kidnapping of Chinese in Pakistan”
And now less than 24 hours later we are being told (as Stratfor reports):
Pakistan: No State Of Emergency
August 09, 2007 11 55 GMT
Pakistani President Gen. Pervez Musharraf has decided not to impose a state of emergency despite being pressured to do so by certain political parties, Information Minister Mohammad Ali Durrani said Aug. 9.
Ho Ho and Hum!
Declaration of Emergency