Pak barred from attending CHOGM after suspensionNovember 23rd, 2007 - 1:21 pm ICT by admin
Kampala, Nov 23 (ANI): Pakistan will now not attend the meeting of the Commonwealth Heads of Government (CHOGM) on Saturday after its suspension from the 53-member organisation.
The Commonwealth Foreign Ministers meeting in Kampala suspended Pakistan on Thursday, saying that the situation in Pakistan “continued to represent a serious violation of the Commonwealth’s fundamental values.”
A Commonwealth ministerial committee decided to suspend Pakistan from the 53-nation bloc pending the return of the rule of law following the imposition of emergency rule earlier this month.
“CMAG (Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group) has suspended Pakistan forthwith from the council pending the return of the rule of law and democracy,” Commonwealth Secretary General, Don McKinnon, said.
Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf declared a state of emergency on
November 3, placing the Chief Justice under house arrest, detaining lawyers, rights activists and opposition members and curbing press freedoms.
Pakistan will be banned from attending the organisation’s meetings and taking part in the Commonwealth Games.
It is the second time that Pakistan has been expelled from the Commonwealth. The country was suspended in 1999, after Musharraf seized power in a coup. It was reinstated in 2004. (ANI)
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