ISLAMABAD: Twenty two former Ambassadors and diplomats of restoration of judiciary, annulment of Governor Rule in Punjab and repealing of 17th amendment.
In their statement issued on Friday, 22 former Ambassadors and diplomats including Akram Zaki, former Secretary General ,Shamshad Ahmed, former Foreign Secretary, Riaz H. Khokhar, former Foreign Secretary ,Dr. S. M. Koreshi,, Touqir Hussain, K. K. Ghori ,S. Azmat Hassan, Mian Qadruddin, Amin Jan Naim ,Mansoor Alam, Amir Usman ,Javid Husain, Mushtaq M. Mehr ,Asif Ezdi, S. Shafqat Kakakhel, Mazhar Qayyum ,Saleem Nawaz Khan Gandapur, Aslam Rizvi, Kamran Niaz , Javed Hafiz, Rashed Saleem Khan and Ayaz Wazir reiterated the call for the restoration of judges removed from their posts by an unconstitutional and illegal act of the Chief of Army Staff, the annulment of Governor’s rule in Punjab, the repeal of the Seventeenth Amendment and bringing General (Retd.) Pervez Musharraf to justice.
They called upon the federal government and the provincial governments of NWFP, Punjab and Sindh to immediately end their crackdown and take all necessary steps to facilitate the Long March and sit-in.
“A special responsibility for ending the grave situation facing the country rests with the Prime Minister and we call upon him to exercise his constitutional powers to take Pakistan out of the present crisis and to put it back on the constitutional path from which it was derailed by General (Retd.) Musharraf” they added.
They further said in the statement that they undersigned former Ambassadors and diplomats were seriously concerned at the steps taken by the Federal Government and the Provincial Governments of NWFP, Punjab and Sindh to stop the Long March and sit-in for the reinstatement of the country’s lawfully constituted judiciary as it existed before the unconstitutional steps taken on 3 November 2007 by the then Chief of Army Staff.
“We remind the Federal Government and the concerned Provincial Governments that the imposition of ban on assembly under Section 144, the detention of lawyers, political leaders and workers and representatives of civil society, the use of force against peaceful demonstrators and other repressive and restrictive measures are a violation of the constitutional guaranteed rights of assembly and expression and of democratic norms” they noted.
They pointed out that these steps further exacerbated the constitutional and political crisis facing the country and threaten to plunge it into deeper turmoil and chaos.-SANA