Intl community should condemn Pak emergencySource
We unequivocally condemn the imposition of emergency in Pakistan by General Musharraf, along with the promulgation of the provisional constitution order, suspension of fundamental rights, muzzling of the press, and violence against lawyers, human rights activists, journalists, feminists, artists, trade unionists and other civil society members. We condemn the arrest of the regime’s critics and demand their unconditional release. Musharraf claims to be saving Pakistan from suicide, primarily through ‘religious militancy’. Yet, armed militias are being allowed to overrun Swat. The Shariah has been imposed, Pakistani flags on government buildings replaced by religious ones, and the frontier constabulary in Daroshkhela town disarmed and disbanded by the militants. These are grim portents with roots in the US backed militarymullah alliance of the 1980s. Musharraf has chosen to wage war against Pakistan’s liberals instead of combating fundamentalist militants. We express our support and solidarity with Pakistani civil society in its twin struggle against Musharraf’s tyrannical rule and religious fundamentalism. We demand the immediate lifting of the emergency and hope the international community will support the people of Pakistan in their hour of need and help its transition to genuine democracy.
Kamla Bhasin, Praful Bidwai, Amrita Chhachhi, Sonia Jabbar, Ritu Menon, VIA EMAIL
Useful idiots (Kamla Bhasin, Praful Bidwai, Amrita Chhachhi, Sonia Jabbar, Ritu Menon) want jihadi Musharraf to wage war against fundamentalist militants. On the other hand, these pests are against Indian Army doing the same. Why the double standards?