Europe South Asia Asia Pacific Americas Middle East Africa BBC Homepage World Service Education



Front Page

World

UK

UK Politics

Business

Sci/Tech

Health

Education

Sport

Entertainment

Talking Point

In Depth

On Air

Archive
Feedback
Low Graphics
Help

Monday, October 18, 1999 Published at 15:03 GMT 16:03 UK


World

Commonwealth suspends Pakistan

Pakistan's military has suspended the country's constitution

Pakistan has been suspended from the Commonwealth because of the military takeover last week.

Pakistan in crisis
The decision was announced at an emergency meeting of the organisation's foreign ministers in London.

Ministers have called on the military regime in Islamabad to set a timeframe for the restoration of a democratic government in Pakistan.

The ministers will send a mission to meet the military leaders to press for the return of civilian rule.

The measure is more of a symbolic gesture than one with practical consequences.

However, other sanctions are likely to follow - from the US, Europe and the International Monetary Fund - and their impact on Pakistan's already virtually bankrupt economy would be much more serious.

Chief-of-staff General Pervez Musharraf assumed the position of chief executive on Thursday night after ousting Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

Mr Sharif remains in "protective custody" at an undisclosed location.

As well as declaring a state of emergency and giving himself sweeping powers, Gen Musharraf has suspended the constitution, dissolved the legislatures and ended hope of an early return to democratic rule.



Advanced options | Search tips




Back to top | BBC News Home | BBC Homepage | ©




Africa | Americas | Asia-Pacific | Europe | Middle East | South Asia



Relevant Stories

18 Oct 99 | South Asia
India cautious over Musharraf speech

18 Oct 99 | South Asia
Cautious US welcome to Pakistan pledge

17 Oct 99 | Monitoring
Excerpts from General Musharraf's address

17 Oct 99 | Broadband
Musharraf promises 'true democracy'

15 Oct 99 | UK Politics
UK halts aid to Pakistan

14 Oct 99 | South Asia
Pakistan's coup: The 17-hour victory

18 Oct 99 | Africa
Nigeria Commonwealth ban lifted





Internet Links


BBC Urdu service

Pakistan Government

Chowk Internet Magazine

The Commonwealth

Pakistan Defence Journal


The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites.




In this section

From Business
Microsoft trial mediator appointed

Violence greets Clinton visit

From Entertainment
Taxman scoops a million

Safety chief deplores crash speculation

Bush calls for 'American internationalism'

Hurricane Lenny abates

EU fraud: a billion dollar bill

Russian forces pound Grozny

Senate passes US budget

Boy held after US school shooting

Cardinal may face loan-shark charges

Sudan power struggle denied

Sharif: I'm innocent

From Business
Vodafone takeover battle heats up

India's malnutrition 'crisis'

Next steps for peace

Homeless suffer as quake toll rises

Dam builders charged in bribery scandal

Burundi camps 'too dire' to help

DiCaprio film trial begins

Memorial for bonfire dead

Spy allegations bug South Africa

Senate leader's dismissal 'a good omen'

Tamil rebels consolidate gains

New constitution for Venezuela

Hurricane pounds Caribbean

Millennium sect heads for the hills

South African gays take centre stage

Lockerbie trial judges named