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Pakistan Crackdown "Very Worrying"

Published måndag 5 november 2007 kl 11.11
Pakistani police arrest a human rights activist

Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt says the decision by Pakistan’s president to declare a state of emergency is “very worrying” and could lead to an escalation of violence.

General Pervez Musharraf suspended Pakistan’s constitution on Saturday, closing independent media, arresting opposition politicians, and removing supreme court justices who were due to rule on the legality of his re-election as president.

The Swedish embassy in Islamabad lost contact with the outside world for several hours Saturday. The Swedish Foreign Ministry is recommending that Swedes avoid all unnecessary travel to Pakistan.

Stockholm’s Royal Institute of Technology has postponed a 140 million dollar project to improve technical education in Pakistan, because of the situation in the country.

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