General Musharaf took power in a coup d’état on October 12, 1999, had declared emergency rule and imposed strict security measures on November 3rd 2007, 2 months before a scheduled election in Pakistan.
The line that was carried by the Pakistani government was the growing threat of terror. Yet the days following those most targeted were the judges, the lawyers, human rights activists, and the political opposition. Yet many western states did not express vocal concern, as Pakistan has become one of the largest recipients of Western military aid, approximately more than 16 billion dollars in the past 6 years. In order to fight the war on terror and ally itself with US interests in the region and in particular the occupation of Afghanistan.