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New York: The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) is gravely concerned as Pakistan’s constitution is suspended and judges and lawyers are arrested. The latest developments in Pakistan represent a serious negation of the rule of law, throwing the country into yet greater turmoil.

‘The IBAHRI calls upon the Government of Pakistan to abide by the rule of law and reminds it that a state of emergency may only be called when the life of the nation is under threat. Until such time the constitution should be applied in full,’ says Justice Richard Goldstone, IBAHRI Co-Chair. He adds, ‘Although Pakistan’s Constitution protects the independence of judges, the IBAHRI believes that the Government has subverted judicial independence by sanctioning the arrest of judges, instructing police to enter the Supreme Court and by making public statements undermining judicial authority.’

Ambassador Emilio Cardenas, IBAHRI Co-Chair says, ‘With respect to peaceful protests, the IBAHRI notes that the right to free speech and freedom of assembly are integral to democracy. Although these principles are found within Pakistan’s constitution, today’s demonstrations by the legal fraternity have been broken up using tear gas and batons.’The IBAHRI is concerned that unless the constitution is restored and properly applied, the rule of law in Pakistan will continue to deteriorate leading to greater human rights abuses and further departure from the principles of democracy.

On 3 November 2007 President Musharraf issued a televised broadcast at which he said that a state of emergency had been introduced and the constitution suspended due to a rise in extremism and in response to what he claimed was the paralysis of government by courts and judges. In a wide-scale backlash against the courts, judges and lawyers were arrested and soldiers entered the Supreme Court where Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry and six other judges had reportedly declared the state of emergency illegal. The Chief Justice, who had previously been suspended by President Musharraf and then reinstated earlier this year, is reportedly under house arrest.

Today, lawyers in Lahore, Karachi and Rawalpindi have held protests against the Government. Lawyers’ associations across the country are understood to be calling for a three-day protest and boycott of courts. It is reported that throughout Pakistan protests have been broken up by the police using tear gas and batons, and an estimated 200 lawyers have been arrested. There is a clampdown on media reporting with Pakistani TV news channels being prevented from broadcasting.

The past year has seen President Musharraf face various crises. Prior to the presidential elections and in light of his declining popularity, President Musharraf faced mounting public protests. Various legal challenges to his presidential candidacy were issued before the courts and after the results of 8 October, in which President Musharraf received 98 per cent of the vote, a further petition was lodged with the Supreme Court challenging the result. Critics are suggesting that the introduction of a state of emergency was acting to pre-empt the decision of the Supreme Court as to the legality of the Presidential elections. The past months have also seen a rise in extremist violence and suicide attacks.

The calls from IBAHRI to the Pakistani Government to reinstate the constitution are further to recommendations made in a recently released IBAHRI report addressing violations of the fundamental principles of the rule of law and the independence of the judiciary in Pakistan. The report dealt specifically with the issues of General Musharraf preventing the Chief Justice, Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, from carrying out his judicial day-to-day functions and the placing of Mr Chaudhry incommunicado under house arrest for three days when he refused to resign his post.

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Rubab Saleem is Editor of Pakistan Times
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5 COMMENTS

  1. Respected members of International Bar Association,
    International Judges forum,
    United nation secretary Ban ki mon

    AS every one in the world knows how General Musharaf attack the Judiciary, media in Pakistan. As a citizen of this country I ask for your help to restore the law and order in our country. In Pakistan with all courts being under Pakistan Army Chief invasion and he made respectable judges of Pakistan hostage left Pakistani common civilian with no forum with in country to be heard. It is a humble plea, request that please do not allow such humiliation of law in Pakistan or in any where else in world.
    My heart is beating in my fingers, words cannot describe the pain every Pakistani is in ,we cannot go out and protest like any other free citizens in world we re continuously facing threats from ruling governing parties but I can sure u with every thing I hold dear in this world that every Pakistani is in silence protest against Musharaf regime, please stand by us and help us.
    The attack on Pakistan Judiciary is attack on world Judiciary because I hold that every judge in world has equal right. If I m not mistaken.
    Please help us by restoring the dignity of judges and let law win.
    I believe this is not Pakistan internal issue s it is an outrage attack on civil society , Judiciary and Media, it is common interest of world community and its safety lies in the hand of world unity.
    Hope for your favorable response. I hope I will see in up coming news paper that you urge freedom for Pakistan Judiciary and Media not only in words but Practically.

    A Student
    Lahore Pakistan

  2. , All Indians see with sence of gratitude hangama in pakistan streets, ,the Pakistanis are best at, It is better they implode to distroy themselves and to be proude of it , in thier birthright instint to distroy themselves, or they would distroy India and other nieghbours, We indian cant feel beter that pakistani and muslim karmas are breaking on the heads of pakistanis, we thank all th our friends ie Lawyers, Bainazir Bhutu,Nawas and ImranKhan, and all oppsition, to make Musharaf and Pakistan ungovernable, because whole conception of Of Pakistan was wrong from very begining, and teritory of Pakistan belongs to Greater India, We Indians belive all explosive, Mad men and women and thieves, picküocketers imigrated to Pakistan in 1947. so Pakistan should have been called MADSTAN OR PAGALISTAN, what we see at the pakistani streets,, for mad people of pPakistan democracy is freedom of steal anything, breake anything, to make unrest onstreets, ,to make think unfuctional, selfdistruction, and be proud of it and to be the missionaries iniciating new troubles, vertuall pakistanis as Muslims are Like animals of jungle and lawlessness,. and they dont posses nothing or if the have anything from the stollen property, dos´nt matter to them if they loose it while putting thier house of Pakistan(Pagalistan) to fire, they will live like rats or as Ali BABA; to rob each other.
    LONG LIVE INDIA OUR BHARAT; OUR DESH; MERAY DESH KI DHARTY; JISNAY ISS MAY JANAM LIYA;OUS NAY HEE PAYA PYAAR TEYRA, DEMOCRACY OR NOT WE KEEP OUR INDIA TALL AND STRONG; AND BE PROUD OF IT; NO SUPER POWER IS OUR MASTER; AND NO ONE CAN IGNITE THE UNREST IN OUR DEAR INDIA; FOR US INDIANS INDIA IS FIRST PRIORTY AND IT RESPECT; NOT MADMAN HANGAMA ;IF PAKISTANIS WILL CHANGE RELIGION TO BACK TO HINDUISM OR BECOME CHRISTIAN; ;ONLY THEN PAKISTAN IS SAFE FROM PAKIANI EXPLOSIVE BRANS.
    Pakistanis lack wisidon, contructive dialoge, reconcieliation,Mad people of Pakistan lack to see thier blindness to jump from distrutive cliff of suicidal democracy to put Pakistan back to primitive ages, For sure , as mad people say INSHALA,,
    For next thousand there will be bikering and unrest in Madistan or Pakistan or Youcall it Pagalistan, all pakistanis espaciall Benazir and NAWASKHAN AND Lawawyers,need electric shock or mad man medicine to cool themselves dowm , to save thier Hause from fire, which they are igniting themselves, in the name of domecrazy, for the crazy people,all this demonestration seems like all semeuneducated people are demonsrating against horrors of islam in all Islamic countries, with unjustice and with no friends where even GOD has turned against muslims everywhere, and Pakistan is the first fuse to implode , with the help of bad omen , of fanatism od socall fanatic distructive forces os of mad people on streets, , Every Pakistani family need like in Pakistani streets, to be extinguished, to bact to primitive ages, , as wisim and constructive dialoge is not posible in pakistan because the are Mad and crazy immigrants who came from everywhere.

  3. SOON PAGALISTAN WILL FIND IT SELF UNDER MERCY OF INDIA, AND EVEN AT THIS CRITICAL TIME PAGALISTAN LEADERS CANT UNDERSTAND DEPTH OF SERIOSNESS, AND CANT MAKE UP THIER MIND TO BE DIPLOMATICLY WISE TO SAVE PAKISTAN(PAGALISTAN) FROM INDIAN SLASH, PAKISTAN IF WISE MUST OFFER SOME SEROUS GUESTURES TO INDIA, 1- TO OFFER A JOINT CONTROL OF COASTAL WATTERS BETWEEN INDIA AND PAGALISTAN, 2 – PAKISTAN MUST OFF A FINANCIALL COMPENSATION TO THE VICTIMS OF BOMBAY BOMBING, OR ESTABLISH A JOINT TRUST WITH INDIA TO COMPENCIATE THE VICTIMS IN BOMBAY, 3- AND IMPORTANT IS FO PAKISTANI PEOPLE AND LEADERS TO SHOW PAKISTANI COMPASSION AND GIVE UP THIER NEED LESS PRIDE,
    OR PAKISTAN WILL BE TURNED TO MIDDLE AGES BY NEXT INDIAN RECTION,
    THIS IS REAL TIME AND PIRID IN PAKISTAN TO SAVE PAKISTAN TO PECOME REAL PAGALISTAN, BY STRONG CALCULATED INDIAN RAGE AND MILITARY STRENGTH AND WITH THE POWERFUL FRIENDS AND ALL FRIENDLY SUPER POWERS, AND PAKISTAN WILL BE ALONE WITH ITS SUCIDAL ENERGY.
    IT IS TIME FOR PAKISTAN TO SHOW COMPASSION AND SYMPATHY TO SAVE PAKISTAN, THIS IS ONLY WAY , PAKISTAN S CRAZY DISTRUCTIVE POWER AND SENCELESS PRIDE WILL ONLY AS SUCIDAL FOR PAGALISTAN.
    WAR AND MILITARY INCURTIONS WILL BE VERY DANGEROUS AND SUCIDAL FOR LONELY PAKISTAN, WHERE PEOPLE WILL MAKE LIVING FROM EATING WACH OTHER, AND INDIA WILL SURE TAKE ADVANTAGE, AS INDIA IS UNTED AND STRONG NOT CRASY, PAKISTAN IS STATUS OF WAR WILL BE SUCIDAL AND ALLAH WILL NOT HELP SINCE ALLAH IS SCARED OF PAKISTANIS AND MUSLIMS , BECAUSE MUSLIMS DONT KNOW WHAT THEY WANT, AS ALL MUSLIMS ANS PAKISTANIS ARE BLOOD THURSTY FOR OTHER MUSLIMS.
    IT IS UPTO LEADER OF PAKISTAN TO SAVE PAKITAN THIS TIME NOT INSHALAH BUT BEING SOFT AND COMASSIONATE WITH INDIA, AND SHOW INDIA THAT PAKISTAN CARES , FOR THE SAKE OF SURVIVAL OF PAKISTAN,AND WISIDOM,

  4. ALL ISLAMIC COUNTRIES ESPACIALLY PAKISTAN FORIEGN POLICY RAGARDING WESTERNSUPERPOWERS ESPACIALLY AMERICA IS BASED AS PANTS DOWN POLICY TO THEM ALL HAPPY, BY LETTIM USE,ABUSE AND RAPE PAKISTAN AS PAKISTAN LEADERS VOLUNTEERLY OFFER THE SEVICE WITH GREAT ADMIRATION, ANT AT THE END PAKISTAN GETS BEATTEN, AND PUNISHED,TO DISTROY PAKISTAN IN TO PEACES ,AND WITH HELP OF PAKISTANI LEADERS SINCE 1950^s.
    SINCE COUNTRIES LIKE PAKISTAN LACK KNOWLEDGE, WISIDOM , TECHNICAL KNOWHOW AND NATIONAL UNITY, THAT RESULTING ABSENCE OF WINNING WARS AGAINST EXTERNAL ENIMY (INDIA),SO IN DESPERITY AND FRUSTRATION PAKISTANY INVENT EVERY MEANS TO FIGHT WITH EACH OTHER,AGAINST OTHE PARTIES, WITH FAMILY NIEGHBOURS, AT WORK, ONE REGINAL GOVERNMENT AGAINST OTHER,EVERY PAKISTANISEES EVERY OTHER PAKISTANI AS ENIMY, SUNIS AGAINST SHIAS, PUNJABIS AGAINST SINDIS, VERTUALLY EVERY WHER PAKISTANIS SEE, THERE IS ENIMY OF OUR OWN MAKE,
    SO PAKISTANIS TRY TO BE FRIEDLY WITH WEST FOR TOO MANY YEARS WHO BOUND TO DISTROY PAKISTAN BY HELP OF PAKISTANIS IN TRAP OF DEMOCRACY TO GET PAKISTAN TO BE EVAPORATED.AND ALL PAKISTANI LAWYERS ,,PARTIES , THIEVES, SMUGLLER, DISHONEST FACTION PULLING FABRIC OF PAKISTAN EVERY DIRECTION, AND WESTEN COUNTRIES TAKING ADVANTAGE OF SUTUATION,
    IN 1960^S PAKISTANS PANT FELL DOWN THAT PAKISTAN JOINED SATO WITH AMERICA, AGAINST COMUNIST SOVIET UNION,SO FRON PAKISTANS SOIL AMERICAN SPY PLANES U2 FLEW OVER SOVIET AND CHINA(pakistans friend)FLOWN BY GARRY POWERS, WHO WAS SHOT DOWN BY RUSSIANS, AND EMBARRASSING AMERICA,AND RUSSIA STILL WANT TO PUNISH PAKISTAN FOR MISCHIEF,AND USA FROM OTHER SIDE,DOES UNDER STANG WHY PAKISTAN HELPS EVERY TIME TO BE PUNISHED BY EVERY ONE,
    FEW YEARS LATTER IN 1966 HENRY KESSINGER VISITED PAKISTAN, BHUTTO AS PAKISTANS FORIEGN MINISTER SECRETLY ACCOMPANIED HIS KESSENGER TO CHINA, TO INTRODUCE HIS AMERICAN FRIENDS TO MAO TSE TUNG AND CHAVAN LAI,
    THAT LAID FOUNDATION FOR MODERN CHINISE -AMERCAN FRIENDSHIP, AND PAKISTAN IS GETTING PUNISHED,NO ONE WAS AT MR BHUTTO HELP WHEN AMERICAN FRIEND ,PRESIDENT dictator) HANGED BHUTTO.
    RUSSIAN ACCUPIED AFGHANISTAN ,NOT AS BAD AS ISRAELIS ARE ACCUPING PALASTINIANS,NO ISLAMIC COUNTRY CARES OR NIETHER PAKISTAN,THAN AMERICAN PRESIDEN CALL ALL MUSLIMS INCLUDING BIN LADIN, AND TALIBANS,THAT AMERICA WILL ALL MUSLIMS AND TRAIN THEM AND PAY THEN, TO FREE AFGHANISTAN FROM INFIDELS AND COMMUNIST RUSSIANS,NOW ASK WHOJUMPS FIRST TO HELP AMERICA, IT WAS PAKISTAN,,AMERICA NEVER CARED ABOUT MUSLIMS, BU NOW PRETENDS TO HELP TO MAKE MUSLIMS IN TO TERRORIST AGAINST AMERICAS ENEMY, THE COMUNIST SOVIETS,WHO ALWAY ALL THE MUSLINM COUNTRIES MORRALY AND MILLITARILY , EVEN DEPLOMATICALLY,(THAT IS REASON MUSLIMS COUNTRIES HAVE NO FRIENDS NOW.AS MUSLIMS AS ARE GREAT IN MAKING ENEMIES.SO NO PAKISTAN AND MUSLIM COUNTRIES MUST KEEP PANTS DOWN IN HOPEING TO WIN FRIEDS, BUT OPPOSIT HAPPENS,
    PAKISTAN NOW FOR LONG TIME FURTHER KEEPS PANTS DOWN TO LET AMERICANS MILLITARY TRANSPORT RIGHTS OVER PAKISTAN WITH OUT ANY CONDITIONS,WHAT PAKISTAN GETS,IN REWARD IS POUNDING AND BOMBING INSIDE PAKISTAN BY AMERICANS,AND FURTHER MORE HELPED BY PAKISTAN ARMY TO BOMB AND DISTROY PAKISTANIS TO KEEP AMERICANS HAPPY,THAT IS VERY SAD,HINDUS NEVER BOMB HUNDUS, JEWS NEVER BOMB JEWS, BUT MUSLIM HAVE NO PROBLEM BOMBING MUSLIMS, TO BE SATSFIED AND TO SATSFY AMERICAN GODS,SUCH A LOW MORAL TO KILL YOUR OWN BROTHERS AND CITIZENS,NO WONDER EVERY PAKISTANY IS TURNED AGAINST PAKISTAN, pAKISTAN HAS PUT SHAME TO ISLAM VALUES, SO THEY SHOULD FORGET, TO BE MUSLIMS TO SHAME AND DISTRUCTION,ISLAM HAS BECOME SUCH A FIELD, WHERE PEOPLE WORKED HARD, THEY PLOUGH THE FIELDS ,THEEY GAVE THE SEEDS, PEOPLE NOURISHED THE GREEN, IN HOPE THERE WILL BE REWARD OF FRUIT TO HARVEST, BUT SADLY THERE IS NO FRUIT THERE FO SO MANY YEARS,SOME WISE MAN SAID ONCE, IN THE FIELDS WHERE THERE IS NO HARVEST,AND NO HOPE, BETTER BURN THE WHOLE FIELD, BECAUSE LIFE IS TOO SHORT, LIFE SPENT IN WAITING, AND PAINFUL PAITIENCE.

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