Pak Govt lodges protest with Ban Ki-Moon, says emergency is an internal matter

November 14th, 2007 - 8:35 am ICT by admin  
Pakistan is Permanent Representative to the UN, Ambassador Munir Akram met Moon on Monday and conveyed his government’s reaction to the with UN Secretary-General’s comment.

A press release issued by the Pakistan Mission at the UN said, Akram explained to Ban Ki-moon the “grave and multiple” challenges that had compelled the Pakistan Government to declare a state of emergency.

However, he is believed to have told Moon that its scope was restricted. Governance continues to be as close as possible to the Constitution, with the cabinet, assemblies and other organs of the state functioning normally.

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 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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