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Framing a Friendly Dictator: U.S. Newsmagazine Coverage of Pakistani President Musharraf After 9/11
Unformatted Document Text:  Framing a Friendly Dictator: U.S. Newsmagazine Coverage of Pakistani President Musharraf After 9/11 4 from Pakistan’s international allies, Sharif was forced to withdraw the forces from the area. After the coup, Musharraf appointed himself “chief executive,” declared a state of emergency, and issued the Provisional Constitution Order (PCO), which suspended Parliament, provincial assemblies, and the constitution (Kux, 2001). In his interviews to the Western press, Musharraf justified the coup as a response to Pakistan’s horrible economic situation. In response to the military takeover, the U.S. government imposed the sanctions legally required in the case of the overthrow of a democratically elected government, but those had little actual impact since Pakistan was already under severe sanctions. The United States insisted that Musharraf should clearly determine a timetable for democratic elections. Musharraf’s rule According to the Pakistani News Service, which describes itself as a non-partisan and independent Internet news service, and the official website of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, 4 Musharraf was born in Delhi in 1943 as second of three brothers. Musharraf spent his childhood in Turkey due to his father’s deputation in Ankara. He joined the Pakistani Military Academy in 1961 and he participated in the 1965 India-Pakistan war. He also served for seven years in the Special Services Group Commandos as a volunteer and participated in the Third India-Pakistan war in 1971 as a Company Commander. Musharraf studied at the Royal College of Defense Studies in the United Kingdom. Musharraf’s successful military career peaked when Prime Minister Navaz Sharif promoted him to the rank of general and appointed him chief of army staff. In addition to this, Musharraf was given the charge of Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee in

Authors: Obad, Orlanda.
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Framing a Friendly Dictator: U.S. Newsmagazine Coverage of Pakistani
President Musharraf After 9/11
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from Pakistan’s international allies, Sharif was forced to withdraw the forces from the
area.
After the coup, Musharraf appointed himself “chief executive,” declared a state of
emergency, and issued the Provisional Constitution Order (PCO), which suspended
Parliament, provincial assemblies, and the constitution (Kux, 2001). In his interviews to
the Western press, Musharraf justified the coup as a response to Pakistan’s horrible
economic situation. In response to the military takeover, the U.S. government imposed
the sanctions legally required in the case of the overthrow of a democratically elected
government, but those had little actual impact since Pakistan was already under severe
sanctions. The United States insisted that Musharraf should clearly determine a timetable
for democratic elections.
Musharraf’s rule
According to the Pakistani News Service, which describes itself as a non-partisan
and independent Internet news service, and the official website of the Islamic Republic of
Pakistan,
4
Musharraf was born in Delhi in 1943 as second of three brothers. Musharraf
spent his childhood in Turkey due to his father’s deputation in Ankara.
He joined the
Pakistani Military Academy in 1961 and he participated in the 1965 India-Pakistan war.
He also served for seven years in the Special Services Group Commandos as a volunteer
and participated in the Third India-Pakistan war in 1971 as a Company Commander.
Musharraf studied at the Royal College of Defense Studies in the United Kingdom.
Musharraf’s successful military career peaked when Prime Minister Navaz Sharif
promoted him to the rank of general and appointed him chief of army staff. In addition to
this, Musharraf was given the charge of Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee in


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