Just a quick update in case the news networks, both domestic and international, are down in Pakistan, which they appear to be. Geo is still running in the UK.
Benazir Bhutto left the country prior to the emergency. There is some speculation (pretty credible in my opinion) that she knew in advance, and which is why she left in the first place. She was apparently boarding for her return when the emergency happened and following its imposition initially opted to disembark, but is has now boarded a plane and is flying back in to Pakistan.
Put of 27 judges called in to replace the removed justices in the Sindh High Court, only 4 took oath. The rest of the nominees have politely declined so far. This is a big deal.
Three Supreme Court Judges have already taken oath under the new PCO.
Abdul Hamid Dogar is the new Chief Justice.
The Chief Justice has gone home. He has been placed under a communicative quarantine of sorts, no phones, no TV no mobiles.
Nawaz Sharif has stated that he will attempt to return, because apparently he cannot bear to watch this travesty of justice, and because he now thinks he has a shot of being allowed to stay. A big "Yeah Right" from me on both counts.
Condoleeza Rice has said that the declaration of emergency (read the move to authoritarianism) is highly regrettable. Looks like the last minute phone call didn't work this time, a pretty clear signal to the US that Musharraf isn't always bluffing.
On Geo-UK, I'm looking at some bewildered faujis sitting in the back of a truck in Islamabad, surrounded by photographers popping flashes and taking pictures.
Benazir has now landed in Karachi, and a number of PPP supporters have greeted her at the airport.
I'm thinking that this is effectively Musharraf's second coup.