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Pakistan to lift emergency within a month: official

The move will come provided the law and order situation in the country improves, says Attorney Gen Malik Qayyum.

world Updated: Nov 10, 2007 16:59 IST

Emergency in Pakistan will be lifted in a month as the government does not want to make it a permanent feature, Attorney General Malik Qayyum said on Saturday.

"It is the government policy to continue the state of emergency till it is needed but the situation is improving and it will be lifted in a month," the government's top lawyer told a private TV channel.

"The state of emergency will be lifted by the mid or end of next month," he said.

President Pervez Musharraf imposed the state of emergency Nov 3, suspended the constitution and removed the chief justice of Supreme Court.

Musharraf has said that elections will be held by February and that he will take off his uniform before taking oath as president for the next term.

Musharraf was unofficially declared winner in the presidential elections in October but the Supreme Court has barred the Election Commission from officially announcing the results.

Musharraf has accused top judges of the Supreme Court of interfering in the affairs of the state.

Ousted chief justice Iftikhar Mohammed Chaudhry has rejected Musharraf's allegations, saying the president had apprehension that the Supreme Court ruling would go against him.

The apex court was hearing petitions challenging Musharraf's re-election while in uniform.

After the imposition of emergency, many judges of the Supreme Court were sacked.

The new chief justice has shown allegiance to Musharraf.

First Published: Nov 10, 2007 13:31 IST