GENEVA: Jammu and Kashmir Council for Human Rights (JKCHR) Secretary General Dr. Syed Nazir Gilani has said that Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani has a duty under the constitution to represent in addition to ex-prisoners, others who are citizens of Pakistan or currently domiciled in Pakistan.
He stated this in a letter to Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani.
He pointed out that every citizen in Pakistan and others around the world that stand for the ideals for which Benazir gave her life, have a proprietary claim on her legacy. She did not die for any single person or for her family. She died for a noble cause and it is your duty as chief executive to see that her legacy is served well.
“Mian Nawaz Sharif has remained twice Prime Minister of Pakistan and Mian Shahbaz Sharif has remained twice the chief minister of Punjab, the largest province in the federation of Pakistan “he added.
He noted that Sharif brothers have suffered an unlawful exile at the hands of President General (Retd) Pervez Musharraf and again a recent judgement of the Supreme Court of Pakistan has caused a serious prejudice to their right to take part in the freely expressed politics of the country. It is important to point out that the judgement has come from a court, the independence, integrity and constitutional character of which is being disputed by the lawyers and civil society in the country. It is equally ridiculed outside Pakistan.
“We wish to caution the members of the present Government to have some time and consider that ‘circumstances might alter cases’ once again. They shall again need the support of civil society and let this Government help us to enhance the constituency of ‘Legal Accountability’ of judiciary in Pakistan. This single action shall repair the damage caused to the dear ‘cause’ of Benazir Bhutto. The lawyers and civil society movement in Pakistan has earned Pakistan a noble image around the globe. Benazir Bhutto is watching from her grave all those who are engaged in caricaturing her vision. She wants to be freed from any kind of self-serving monopoly of any member of the family or others who have caused for themselves a wolf-pack interest in and around the present Government” he added.
Dr. Nazir Gilani pointed out in his letter that it is unbelievable that the lawyers and civil society movement within and without Pakistan, which has brought the present members of Government to power and in particular JKCHR which has inscribed its interest in the Independence of Judiciary in Pakistan first on 13 March 2001 in regard to the tainted conviction of Ms. Benazir Bhutto and Asif Ali Zardari at the UN and raised the question of safety of Asif Ali Zardari, Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani, Chaudhry Mukhtar and Naveed Qamar at international fora, now holding the strings of power in Pakistan, in October 2001 during their imprisonment, feel stripped of the gift of a promise of rule of law, supremacy of constitution, independence of judiciary and respect for the full regime of human rights.
“Benazir Bhutto remained dignified during her exile and more honourable in exacting her revenge. We have seen her during her best at the Commonwealth Summit in Cyprus, Islamic Summit in Casablanca, at 50th anniversary of UN General Assembly and as a an advocate of human rights at the UN Human Rights Commission in Geneva. We have seen and known her in our private discussions during her exile” he added.
“I am sure she would be turning in her grave and finding it difficult to reconcile her ‘Shahadat’ with the wolf pack behaviour of a Government installed in her name. It seems that all tears shed by some people on her death were tactfully contrived and fake. She would have never resorted to exercise the option of a no holds barred force against her own people on the streets of Pakistan and humiliated the leadership in all discipline of civil society” he noted.
He said that Benazir Bhutto firmly believed in legal, moral and political norms that protect the personal integrity, basic equality, political and social identity and participation of all people.