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Pakistan enters State of Emergency

CNN reports that Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf has declared a state of emergency that will last "as long as it is necessary," according to Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz. CNN:

"The state of emergency had been imposed to 'bring more harmony to the pillars of state' and to protect against extremism in the country, Aziz said."

The AFP reports that Musharraf "suspended the constitution, sacked the chief justice and imposed strict media curbs" when the state of emergency was declared on Saturday. Up to 500 people have been detained across the country in an attempt to curb "terrorism" and "extremism." "Inaction at this moment is suicide for Pakistan, and I cannot allow this country to commit suicide," Musharraf said.

US officials have been watching the situation closely and plan to "review" the current aid package to Pakistan. The Economic Times reports:

"US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said on Sunday that Washington would 'review' its financial aid to Pakistan after President Pervez Musharraf imposed emergency rule in his country."

'Obviously we are going to have to review the situation with aid, in part because we have to see what may be triggered by certain statutes,' Rice told reporters in Jerusalem."