Ban Ki-Moon unmoved by Pak protest over his statement over emergency

November 14th, 2007 - 10:14 am ICT by admin  
The UN chief also urged the government to release all detainees and restore a democratic rule.

Pakistan’s Ambassador Munir Akram met Ban on Monday and conveyed his protest on the issuance of a statement by him regarding the internal developments in Pakistan, The News reported.

Asked whether he believed President General Pervez Musharraf’s imposition of emergency rule was an internal matter or a matter for possible UN action, Ban told reporters ”I stand by my statement which I issued.”

The Secretary General said he met Akram at his request ”and I again expressed my deep concern and regret at what had happened in Pakistan.”

Moon had expressed concern over the suspension of fundamental rights and the imposition of emergency in Pakistan.

He also expressed his dismay over the detention of hundreds of human rights and opposition activists, including the UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief, Asma Jehangir.

Appealing to the Musharraf regime to hold the general elections on schedule, he had urged authorities in Pakistan to immediately release those detained, to lift restrictions on the media and to take early steps for a return to democratic rule. (ANI)

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