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Is this Musharraf's worst crisis yet?

November 05, 2007
Two days after Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf imposed a state of emergency, Islamabad looks like a city under siege with military and police on every nook and corner.

Security forces have rounded up hundreds of people after Musharraf defied US pressure and widespread domestic opposition by imposing a state of emergency.

A crackdown launched against members of the legal fraternity and opposition leaders has already led to the house arrest or detention of cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan, rights activist Asma Jahangir, PML-N's acting chief Javed Hashmi and senior lawyer Aitzaz Ahsan, who had played a key role in protests against Musharraf.

Image: A Pakistani paramilitary soldier stands guard in front of the Sindh high court during a protest rally in Karachi.
Photograph: Asif Hassan/AFP/Getty Images

Also read: 'What led to emergency in Pak'
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