US policies damaging democracy and judiciary in Pakistan

January 12th, 2008 - 4:15 pm ICT by admin  

Islamabad, Jan 12 (ANI): The Bush Administration must review its policies, which are damaging democracy and judiciary in Pakistan, said the head of a visiting delegation of US lawyers.

David Gespass, co-chairman of the National Lawyers Guilds International Committee, conceded that US policies on democracy and judiciary in Pakistan were not on a par with the ground situation in Pakistan and had double standards to some extent.

Asked if the release of US report on Rule of Law in Pakistan was an interference in Pakistans internal affairs, Gespass said: We are not representing the US here, instead we believe in common struggle, awareness and rule of law everywhere.

As lawyers and law students, we have an ethical and professional obligation to support the struggle for a just and democratic society based on the rule of law wherever that struggle occurs, Gespass said.

We had requested the Pakistani government to allow us to meet the deposed judges of the Supreme Court and detained lawyers leader Chaudhry Aitzaz Ahsan, he said, but there has been no response so far.

We will try to contact the deposed judges of the Supreme Court again later, the Daily Times quoted Gespass, as saying.

In its preliminary report on the impacts of proclamation of emergency, the delegation has concluded that anything short of restoration of judges deposed on November 3, 2007 will have lasting negative impacts on the judiciary and the rule of law in Pakistan.

The report is critical of the US foreign policy, concluding that the US failure to demand reinstatement of the deposed judges will negatively impact both on development of democracy in Pakistan and long-term US interests in safety and security. (ANI)

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