Pakistan: Musharraf Rule Unconstitutional

Pakistan Gen. Pervez Musharraf, shown in this undated photo, will give up his army post soon after re-election as president according to a government lawyer Tuesday Sept. 18, 2007.
(AP Photo/Mian Khursheed)
State and private media outlets are reporting that Pakistan's Supreme Court has ruled that former President Pervez Musharraf's imposition of emergency rule in 2007 was unconstitutional.

Details were still coming to light, but the ruling Friday could invalidate the appointments of judges by Musharraf in the six weeks after he suspended the constitution on Nov. 3, 2007.

It also may strengthen the case for bringing treason charges against him.

Musharraf, a longtime U.S. ally, declared the emergency when it appeared the Supreme Court might have challenged his eligibility for office.

Eventually, Musharraf allowed elections that brought his foes to power. He stepped down in August 2008. Ever since, many opponents have demanded he be held accountable.