Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf imposed emergency rule on Saturday, deploying troops and sacking a top judge in a bid to reassert his flagging authority against political rivals and Islamist militants.
Nuclear-armed Pakistan's internal security has deteriorated sharply in recent months with a wave of suicide attacks by al Qaeda-inspired militants, including one that killed 139 people.
State-run Pakistan Television said Musharraf had suspended the constitution and declared an emergency, ending weeks of speculation that the general who seized power in a 1999 coup might impose emergency rule or martial law.
U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, on a visit to Turkey, criticized the measures as "highly regrettable" and said she hoped Pakistan would have a free and fair election in January as promised.
Bush's idiot foreign policy has been to support Musharraf at all costs when every time you turn around the guy is basically telling Bush and Condi to take a long walk on a short pier. Do not overlook the fact that this guy has nuclear weapons now. Bush is focused all of his "foreign policy" on the non-nuclear Iran. I would have thought it be prudent to deal with Pakistan before turning on Iran (or Iraq for that matter). The U.S has showered this idiot with billions of dollars mostly in the form of military aid and he is using American money to overthrow the country. Great Job Bushy!