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Pakistan Under Martial Law: Whither The News?

Today Pakistan’s president General Pervez Musharraf declared a state of emergency in Pakistan, suspending the constitution and declaring martial law, claiming that Pakistan is at a “critical and dangerous juncture,” according to cnn.com. The same report says that the supreme court declared the state of emergency illegal leading Musharraf to expel the chief justice, sending troops into the court building. Pakistan is arguably the most critical nation in the world (apart from the US, of course) with regards to the attempts to control Islamic terrorism, is controls a nuclear arsenal and is constantly in tensions over India, another nuclear power.
There are also news reports that opposition leader Imran Khan has been placed under house arrest after calling for Pakistanis to take to the streets to protest the action by Musharraf. According to Adelaide Now, most private TV news channels in Pakistan were taken off the air as Khan was making his appeal.
This all happened several hours ago and only now is CNN breaking into regular programming. Fox News ran a small segment and as far as I can tell, MSNBC and CNBC are largely silent on the developments.
Am I overreacting or is this a major news story that deserves a little more coverage?