PANA Demands Restoration of Supreme Court


New York: The Pakistan American National Alliance (PANA), a US-wide coalition of Pakistani-American organizations, has launched a campaign to urge the people and the governments of North America to support the valiant struggle of the people of Pakistan for democracy.
“Without lifting Martial Law and without restoring the judiciary as it existed on Nov 3, 2007, the whole exercise in forthcoming election will be a farce”, Sajjad Burki, a member of the PANA, told GEO’s Sami Ibrahim at a rally in New York.
The PANA statement in part reads:
“If the US wants to win the hearts and minds of the 160 million people of Pakistan, then it must join them in demanding that Gen Musharraf must comply with Article 63(K) of the Constitution of Pakistan, which stipulates that a former government official will NOT be eligible to be a candidate “unless a period of two years has elapsed since he ceased to be in such service.” Since, Gen Musharraf is still holding the office of the Chief of the Army Staff he is clearly not qualified to be a candidate for the presidency of Pakistan.
“Free and fair elections cannot be held unless the following conditions obtain:
1. Martial Law is lifted and the Constitution is restored.
2. The independence of the judiciary of Pakistan is restored by restoring the Supreme Court of Pakistan under the stewardship of Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhary,
3. The new Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) Ordinance and its companion Code of Conduct is rescinded, private TV channels are once again able to air their program without censorship or intimidation.
All measures aimed at pre-poll rigging are terminated giving all parties and all leaders equal access to the electoral process.

 

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