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Gen. Pervez Musharraf

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May 2010: "Although Alvi joined with other bloggers to publicly condemn the Web site bans, he said they held divided opinions about the Muhammad caricatures themselves. And in several online forums, supporters of the Facebook shutdown slammed what they said was an unnecessary provocation of Muslims by Westerners who gave little thought to poking fun at deeply held beliefs. Among the backers was former military ruler Pervez Musharraf, an avid Facebook user who posted his support for the ban on his profile."

March 2008: "It says that the human rights situation in Pakistan deteriorated during much of 2007, despite U.S.-backed President Pervez Musharraf's pledge to take steps to promote democracy in the nuclear-armed nation. The assessment notes that Musharraf, who seized power in a 1999 coup, did resign as the army's chief of staff and now serves as a civilian."

February 2008: 'In an introductory essay titled "Despots Masquerading as Democrats," Kenneth Roth, the organization's executive director, blasts such leaders as Islam Karimov of Uzbekistan, Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe, Pervez Musharraf of Pakistan, Hosni Mubarak of Egypt, Meles Zenawi of Ethiopia and Vladimir Putin of Russia. Roth accuses them of finding "utility in holding electoral charades to legitimize" their reigns.'

January 2008: "Pakistani journalists are often threatened and intimidated by government officials. President Pervez Musharraf launched an aggressive crackdown on the media when he suspended the constitution and declared emergency rule in November. Although the emergency was lifted in December, many media restrictions remain in place."

November 2007: In a defiant news conference Sunday, the Pakistani president, General Pervez Musharraf, refused to give a date for the end of the de facto martial law that he imposed more than a week ago and suggested that it would continue indefinitely, including during parliamentary elections in early January.

November 2007: Musharraf declared a state of emergency ahead of a Supreme Court ruling on whether his recent re-election to the presidency was valid.

January 2002: Pakistan's president, Gen. Pervez Musharraf, has seized on this shift in mood to crack down on Muslim radicalism in his country, a move that observers here say would have been much more difficult a few months ago. His campaign still faces troublesome opposition from a strong minority of strident mullahs and their followers.

October 2001: General who became President of Pakistan in a coup. Supported US action against Taliban.


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May 21, 2010 Pakistan blocks YouTube a day after shutdown of Facebook over Muhammad issue

QUOTE: A simmering clash between free speech and religious sensibilities in Pakistan burst from the streets onto the Internet on Thursday, as the government blocked the video-sharing site YouTube and other pages it deemed "sacrilegious" to the nation's Muslim majority.

Washington Post
Aug 11, 2009 How America Is Funding Corruption in Pakistan: Graft is on the rise in Islamabad, courtesy of the U.S. taxpayer.

QUOTE: For the last eight years, U.S. taxpayers' money has funded hardly any bona fide counterterrorism successes, but quite a bit of corruption in the Pakistani Army and intelligence services.

Mar 12, 2008 State Dept. Rights Report Calls Record of Sudan 'Horrific'

QUOTE: The State Department's annual survey of human rights practices around the world calls Sudan's record "horrific" and notes that countries where power is in the hands of unaccountable rulers are the most systematic violators of human rights standards.

Washington Post
Feb 18, 2008 Desiring a Fair Vote, Doubting It Will Be: Pakistanis Expect Rigging by Government

QUOTE: The [Pakistani word] is "dhandali" -- rigging -- a wide-ranging practice that includes blatant acts such as stuffing ballot boxes and hiring thugs to intimidate voters at polling stations, as well as more subtle techniques such as extorting loyalty from public employees and using official vehicles and funds to promote pro-government candidates.

Washington Post
Feb 01, 2008 Rights Group Faults U.S. for Support of Autocrats

QUOTE: A leading human rights group said Thursday that the United States has lost its moral authority by supporting autocratic governments in strategic countries despite their continuing violations of civil liberties.

Washington Post
Jan 12, 2008 Rights Group: U.S. Journalist Ordered to Leave Pakistan

QUOTE: The Committee to Protect Journalists "is unfortunately accustomed to reporting on the government's attacks on the local media, but now harassment seems to be spreading to foreign journalists as well," Joel Simon, the group's executive director, said in a statement.

Washington Post
Nov 11, 2007 Musharraf Gives No Date for End to Rule

QUOTE: Musharraf repeatedly stated he had not violated the Constitution, which he abolished Nov. 3 and replaced with a provisional constitutional order drawn up by his aides. At one point he said, ''I had to take a drastic measure to save the democratic process.'

New York Times
Nov 04, 2007 Pakistani PM: State of emergency to last 'as long as necessary'

QUOTE: Meanwhile, up to 500 people had been arrested so far in a roundup of judges, lawyers and political activists, Aziz said. About 1,500 are on a list of people to be arrested, according to police sources and witnesses.

CNN (Cable News Network)
Jul 07, 2007 Fear Grows Of Hostage Situation at Red Mosque: Hundreds Still Inside, Pakistani Officials Say

QUOTE: Security forces ringing a besieged mosque pummeled Islamic radicals with gunfire on Friday, as concern grew that many of those still inside -- including children -- were being held against their will.

Washington Post
Oct 06, 2006 New lawsuits challenge Congress's detainee act

QUOTE: President Bush has yet to sign into law Congress's new terror-detainee legislation, but defense lawyers are already asking federal judges to strike down key parts of the measure as unconstitutional...At issue: Whether the new antiterror legislation retroactively strips the courts of jurisdiction to hear detainee cases, and if so, would that amount to an unconstitutional suspension of the writ of habeas corpus.

Christian Science Monitor
Sep 03, 2006 The Wrong Battle in Pakistan

QUOTE: So long as elections are brazenly rigged, opposition parties are banned and Washington’s uncritical support remains guaranteed, General Musharraf has little incentive to take up any of these vital challenges. When General Musharraf comes to the United States, he loves to be lauded as a leader in the war on terrorism. Back home, his government too often acts like a garden-variety military dictatorship.

New York Times
Jul 08, 2006 After TV Debates, Pakistan May Ease Laws on Rape Reporting

QUOTE: The [Pakistani--Ed.] laws, introduced in 1979 and criticized internationally since, include a clause stating that to prove rape, a woman must have at least four male witnesses. If the woman fails to provide proof, she herself faces the charge of adultery.

New York Times
Jan 25, 2006 The Realities of Exporting Democracy: A Year After Bush Recast Foreign Policy, Progress Remains Mixed

QUOTE: While the administration has enjoyed notable success in promoting liberty in some places, it has applied the speech's principles inconsistently in others ...Washington has stepped up pressure on repressive regimes in countries such as Belarus, Burma and Zimbabwe -- where the costs of a confrontation are minimal...

Washington Post
Jan 16, 2006 Protests Spread Across Pakistan: Islamic Groups Condemn Fatal U.S. Missile Strike; American Senators Defend Attack

QUOTE: Thousands of Pakistanis took to the streets in cities across the country Sunday to protest a U.S. missile attack two days earlier that killed more than a dozen people but apparently missed its target, Ayman Zawahiri, the deputy leader of al Qaeda.

Washington Post
Jun 29, 2005 Pakistan Court Will Reopen Rape Case: Fresh Inquiry Is Ordered As Suspects Are Detained

QUOTE: Her plight has become a focal point for concerns both in Pakistan and abroad about violence against women in this conservative Islamic country. The court could decide to impose new sentences on the accused men.

Washington Post
Dec 26, 2004 As Nuclear Secrets Emerge in Khan Inquiry, More Are Suspected

QUOTE: ...experts from the United States and the International Atomic Energy Agency came upon blueprints for a 10-kiloton atomic bomb in the files of the Libyan weapons program...the detailed design represented a new level of danger...

New York Times
Sep 29, 2004 Sentenced to Be Raped

QUOTE: ...tribal council determined that the suitable punishment for the supposed affair was for high-status men to rape one of the boy's sisters, so the council sentenced Ms. Mukhtaran to be gang-raped.

New York Times
Aug 10, 2004 New Generation of Leaders Is Emerging for Al Qaeda

QUOTE: ...a far more complex picture of Al Qaeda's status than Mr. Bush presents on the campaign trail. For the past several months, the president has claimed that much of Al Qaeda's leadership has been killed or captured; the new evidence suggests that the organization is regenerating and bringing in new blood.

New York Times
Jan 14, 2003 U.S. Human Rights Abuses Weakening Terror War, Group Says

QUOTE: International support for the war on terrorism is weakening because of human rights abuses by the United States, Human Rights Watch charged in a report published today.

New York Times
Sep 16, 2002 With much at stake, few Kashmiris head to the polls

QUOTE: Violence and the election's failure to address Kashmir's future are expected to keep many from voting Monday.

Christian Science Monitor

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