ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (AP) _ The government of Pakistan says it may impose a state of emergency because of what it says are both "external and internal threats."
A spokesman singles out recent remarks by U-S presidential candidate Barak Obama raising the possibility of unilateral action against terrorists believed to be holed up along Pakistan's frontier with Afghanistan. The spokesman says the threat has "upset the Pakistani public" and, in his words, "started alarm bells ringing."
At the same time President Pervez Musharraf is faced with mounting opposition from both the left and the right. And an emergency declaration would allow him to restrict political freedoms and even dissolve parliament.
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice discussed the situation with
Musharraf in a phone call early Thursday. And in the meantime, he's
bowed out of a regional security meeting in Afghanistan, sending his prime minister instead.