U.S. to review aid to Pakistan after emergency
(Reuters) - The United States will have to review its financial aid to Pakistan after President Pervez Musharraf declared a state of emergency, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said on Sunday.
Washington has provided Islamabad, a major ally in its battle against al Qaeda in Pakistan and neighbouring Afghanistan, with around $10 billion over the last five years. It has condemned the imposition of emergency rule on Saturday.
In Pakistan, police detained hundreds of Pakistani opposition figures and lawyers and Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz said national elections, due in January, might be rescheduled.
The emergency effectively thwarted U.S. hopes of a transition to a civilian-led democracy in Pakistan, led by General Musharraf since he seized power in a coup in 1999.
"Obviously we are going to have to review the situation with aid, in part because we have to see what may be triggered by certain statutes," Rice told reporters travelling with her in Jerusalem, adding that the United States still wanted to cooperate with Pakistan on counter-terrorism issues.
Aziz told a news conference that "the parliament could give itself more time, up to a year, in terms of holding the next elections." Musharraf has also suspended the constitution.
Aziz said between 400-500 people were being held in preventive detention. He declined to say how long the state of emergency would last.
Musharraf said he acted in response to rising Islamist militancy in nuclear-armed Pakistan and what he called a paralysis of government by judicial interference.