Kangaroo Court Gives Musharraf Thumbs Up

Prez may call end to emergency rule before January elections
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 19, 2007 3:02 PM CST
A balance scale, the traditional symbol of justce, hangs outside the the Supreme Court in Islamabad, Pakistan, Thursday, Nov. 1, 2007. A Supreme Court hand-picked by President Gen. Pervez Musharraf swiftly...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Pakistan’s Supreme Court today shot down opposition to Pervez Musharraf’s re-election, an unsurprising turn given that Musharraf packed the court with allies. But with the ruling in hand, Musharraf may be ready to end emergency rule, the AP reports, something the US has demanded he do before January’s elections. Meanwhile, opposition parties boycotted a meeting setting up election rules.

Musharraf instilled emergency rule over fears the court would invalidate his rule. He vows parliamentary elections, which couldn’t unseat him, will go forward, but the opposition says emergency rule will taint them. “The Election Commission has to decide whether it wants to play its constitutional role or work as an agent of Musharraf,” said one opposition spokesman.