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Emergency to be lifted on Dec 16

Hours after being sworn in for a second five-year term last night, President Pervez Musharraf announced on television and radio that he intended to lift Pakistan’s state of emergency on Dec. 16.If he goes ahead with the move, it could be an important step in Pakistan’s recent tumultuous politics, which has seen the president impose emergency rule on Nov. 3, suspending the Constitution, dismissing the Supreme Court and arresting thousands of opponents. It remains unclear what the step could actually mean, and whether Musharraf will release all of the political opponents that remain in detention, or try to prosecute them, and what his response will be if protesters take to the streets after the emergency is lifted. Hundreds of lawyers clashed with the police in the eastern city of Lahore on Thursday demonstrating against his new term.

“Right now, I think the dust is settling down and everything is under control,” said Musharraf, speaking on television beside a Pakistan flag. “I have my intention that I will make this move on Dec. 16.”

He also praised the newly appointed COAS, General Kayani and stated that he was the best person and a the most responsible commander to lead the Pakistan Army in to the future.

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