Former Pak envoys demand restoration of democracyDecember 14th, 2007 - 5:09 pm ICT by admin
Islamabad, Dec 14 (ANI): Pakistans former ambassadors have in a declaration deplored the imposition of emergency, and demanded that the government restore democratic and constitutional rule in the country.
“We, as former ambassadors of Pakistan, deplore the imposition of emergency and suspension of the Constitution by General (retired) Pervez Musharraf. As the Supreme Court declared on November 3, these steps, which amount to the imposition of martial law, are unconstitutional and illegal”, the declaration said.
The former ambassadors demanded the immediate restoration of the Constitution and the judges of the Supreme Court and High Courts as constituted before the declaration of emergency on November 3.
They also demanded the formation of neutral caretaker government and reconstitution of the Election Commission to ensure free, fair and transparent elections to the National and Provincial Assemblies.
The declaration urged the immediate release of all persons imprisoned or detained under the emergency, including judges, lawyers, journalists, students and others, The Nation reported.
“The nation also expects that political parties and members of future national and provincial legislatures would adhere to recognised democratic norms in their future conduct and pay serious attention to the overcoming of the daunting challenges facing the nation,” they urged. (ANI)
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