Musharraf criticised for tactics to suppress democracy in Pak

November 14th, 2007 - 10:23 am ICT by admin  

Members of Parliament have forwarded questions to British Foreign Secretary David Miliband concerning about his efforts to persuade Musharraf to roll back the emergency and release all prisoners including judges, lawyers, civil society activists, media persons and political workers.

One MP asked Miliband if he would intervene to get Asma Jehangir of the HRCP released from her house arrest.

The International Bar Association headquartered in Britain has called upon its member bars and law societies across the globe to support Pakistani lawyers and judges.

An association press release said: “The effect of these orders (the PCO) is to provide complete immunity to Musharraf and his government, thereby enabling them to change the Constitution, and adopt any orders or laws they see fit to retain power.”

“Lawyers and judges in Pakistan have recognised that the government has negated the rule of law. We are deeply concerned that such protests have been met with mass arrests and allegations of ill-treatment,” it added.

The Association of Pakistani Lawyers (APL) in the UK has also condemned the suspension of the Constitution.

In another related development, Pakistani doctors in the UK along with a number of professional and intellectual bodies are planning a protest demonstration in front of Pakistan High Commission here on Sunday.

Making this announcement the doctors’ body termed November 3 as the darkest day in Pakistan’s history, the Dawn reported.

The National Union of Journalists (NUJ), the premier trade body of UK journalists, has also backed calls by journalists unions around the world for an end to media suppression in Pakistan. (ANI)

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