Sunday, November 04, 2007
Satire – Full Text of Mr. Musharraf’s Emergency Proclamation
Illegally obtained by Pakistan Paindabad.
[This piece is co-authored by Gaurav Sood and Mayank Austen Soofi]
Following is the text of the Proclamation of Emergency declared by General Pervez Musharraf on 3rd November, as released by The Khufiya Press of Pakistan, an army-run news agency.
WHEREAS there is visible ascendancy in the activities of Benazir Bhutto, Supreme Court judges, and news channel correspondents;
WHEREAS some members of the Pakistani society are working at cross purposes with the executive and legislature of the United States of America;
WHEREAS there has been increasing interference by pesky journalists in army affairs, adversely affecting Military Inc.’s economic growth, in particular;
WHEREAS constant interference in executive functions, including but not limited to the control of terrorist activity, has weakened the writ of ISI;
WHEREAS Intelligence Agencies have been thwarted in their activities and prevented from pursuing disobedient politicians;
WHEREAS some kidnapped people were ordered to be released resulting in loss of government’s reputation;
WHEREAS army generals were not allowed to take over the judicial duties after hijacking the executive and legislative functions;
WHEREAS the Government is committed to the independence of the Taliban and the rule of Pentagon and holds BB in low esteem, it is therefore of paramount importance that the Honourable Begum confine the scope of her activity to Bilawal House and not assume charge of streets;
WHEREAS the humiliating treatment meted to me by some newspaper columnists has demoralized Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz and senior government functionaries;
WHEREAS a situation has thus arisen where the Government of the army cannot be carried on in accordance with the Constitution and as the Constitution provides no solution for this situation;
AND WHEREAS the situation has been reviewed in meetings with the Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee, Chiefs of the Armed Forces, Vice-Chief of Army Staff and Corps Commanders of the US Army;
NOW, THEREFORE, in pursuance of the deliberations and decisions of the said meetings, I General Pervez Musharraf, Chief of the Army Staff, proclaim Emergency throughout Pakistan.
2. I hereby order and proclaim that the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan shall remain in abeyance.
3. This Proclamation shall come into force at once.