Since coming to power in 1999, Musharraf has suspended the constitution three times. It seems however, that the third time was not a charm for President General Musharraf. The Pakistani President has been met with extreme international pressure to restore democracy in Pakistan since declaring the state of emergency that resulted in the suspension his country's constitution and elections.
Since declaring this most recent state of emergency, Pakistani forces have arrested thousands of opposition leaders, banned broadcasts from the independent media and five opposition politicians -- including the head of the National Party -- were charged with treason.
Musharraf announced Thursday that elections will be held by February 15th and began lifting the imposed media blackout.