November 22, 2007 / 9:14 PM / in 11 years

Commonwealth suspends Pakistan over emergency rule

Children are seen through a hole in a wall of Hyderabad's press club as they place candles around a logo of Pakistan's Geo television network in protest against media curbs imposed during emergency rule November 22, 2007. The words under the logo read, "Live and let them live." REUTERS/Akram Shahid

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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