November 22, 2007 / 9:14 PM / 10 years ago

Commonwealth suspends Pakistan over emergency rule

KAMPALA (Reuters) - The 53-nation Commonwealth suspended Pakistan on Thursday, after President Pervez Musharraf failed to meet a deadline to lift emergency rule and resign as army chief.

The Commonwealth had given Musharraf until Thursday to lift the state of emergency he imposed on November 3, a move met by widespread international condemnation.

The Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group (CMAG), charged with reviewing Pakistan’s membership said Musharraf had not yet lifted emergency rule and had failed to stand down as army chief.

CMAG had therefore “suspended Pakistan forthwith from the Commonwealth ... for its violations,” Commonwealth Secretary-General Don McKinnon told a news conference.

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