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Emergency laws tightened in Pakistan

Islamabad, Nov. 21 (PTI): Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf today sought to further strengthen the emergency by issuing an order that barred anyone from challenging the measure in court.

The order was issued after the Constitution was amended. It said that the emergency imposed on November 3 is “declared to have been validly made” and “shall not be called in question in any court or forum on any ground whatsoever”.

It said that all orders issued and appointments made by Musharraf under the emergency regulations, including ordinances and constitutional amendments, “shall, notwithstanding anything contained in the Constitution or any judgment of any court, be deemed to be and always to have been validly made, taken or done”.

Such orders and appointments also cannot be challenged in any court, the order said. The new order came as the supreme court was hearing two petitions against the emergency. The court is expected to rule on the matter tomorrow.

Musharraf returned from Saudi Arabia today expecting to be sworn in as a civilian leader in days, having already freed thousands of detainees held under emergency rule.

Imran Khan freed

Pakistan released Imran Khan today, his spokesman said, days after the cricketer-turned-politician was detained during a round-up of Musharraf opponents.

Khan was arrested last week after trying to start a student uprising against the emergency rule. “Our party workers in Dera Gazi Khan jail in Punjab province told me that he has come out of jail,” Khan’s spokesman Hafeezullah Khan Niazi said.

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