Opposition BJP on Saturday evening condemned imposition of President's Rule in Pakistan and wanted India to put pressure on Pervez Musharraf for restoration of democracy while the Congress hoped that the "present turbulence" will settle down soon.
The Left parties described it as a setback for democracy, saying it was a "pre-meditated blow" to stall a possible Pakistan Supreme Court ruling against the military regime headed by Musharraf.
"Musharraf has shown his true colour as a dictator," BJP spokerperson Rajiv Pratap Rudy said noting that clamping of emergency in Pakistan will impact not only that country but the entire region. "Whatever little rudiments of democracy existed in Pakistan has been eliminated by this act," he said.
"The Government of India should condemn the act in strong words and talk to international community to put pressure on Musharraf for restoration of democracy," he said, emphasising that emergency in Pakistan will add to the instability of the region.
AICC Media Department Chairperson Veerappa Moily said India always remain concerned about whatever happens in Pakistan as it is part of the sub-continent.
"Pakistan is undergoing bad patches. It is a matter of concern. We wish present turbulence will settle down soon and today or tomorrow bound to get back to normalcy. It should be a temporary phenomenon," he said.
"The people of Pakistan will not support such an anti-democratic step," CPI(M) General Secretary Prakash Karat told PTI. Similar were the reaction of CPI, Forward Bloc and RSP leaders.