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Musharraf made the emergency declaration Saturday as the country anticipated a Supreme Court ruling [JURIST report] on whether Musharraf had been eligible to run for re-election as Pakistan's president while still army chief. Media reports suggested that the court had already prepared a ruling against Musharraf but had not yet released it. The Provisional Constitution Order issued by Musharraf bars the high court or any court from making "any order against the President or the Prime Minister or any person exercising powers or jurisdiction under this authority." Earlier Saturday Pakistan's Dawn newspaper reported the high court judges, quarantined in their building by Pakistan security forces immediately following the declaration, had derided the PCO as illegal and unconstitutional. Dawn opined, however, that
under the circumstances chances of a major rebellion on part of the superior judiciary appeared highly unlikely. In any case, legal experts said, the government must have contemplated such a resistance, and as has been the past practice during military rule, some of the judges will not be invited to take oath, some will refuse, and a few will accept the new order to provide legitimacy to the this kind of emergency rule.Dawn has continuing local coverage.
5:02 PM ET - Also taking oaths of office as Supreme Court judges under the new PCO were Justices Nawaz Abbasi, Faqir Muhammad Khokhar and M. Javed Buttar [official profiles], who with newly-sworn Chief Justice Dogar now make up the newly-constituted court [official website]. APP has more.