PADF Expresses Full Solidarity with SC

Washington, DC: The Pakistan American Democratic Forum (PADF), a grassroots organization founded in 1982 in support of Movement for Restoration of Democracy (MRD), has expressed its complete solidarity with the Supreme Court of Pakistan. The PADF statement reads in part:

The utterly reprehensible propaganda campaign launched by the Zardari regime against the Superior Judiciary is clear indication of three factors:

1. Pakistan's most reactionary feudal forces are resisting being dispatched to the dustbin of history.  Their desperation is evident from their depraved tactics.

2. The silhouette of an emergent democratic order based on the rule of law, accountability and transparency is now visible to the public eye.

3. The pattern of this democratic transformation can be clearly seen in four historical steps:  A) Pakistan's progressive intelligentsia, Faiz Ahmed  Fiaz and Habib Jalib in particular, created a  definite longing  for freedom and equality; B) this awareness-based longing led to the creation of a independent media;  C) the independent media led the civil society's heroic struggle to bring about establishment of an independent judiciary, and D) all of these forces have brought about an independent Election Commission.

We need to continue our campaign of vigilance to bring about the creation of an independent National Accountability Bureau and an independent Planning Commission so that a truly just, honest and rational reordering of Pakistan could be started.


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