Intellectuals condemn emergency in Pakistan

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New Delhi, Nov 4 (UNI) Act Now for Harmony and Democracy, a Delhi based Non-governmental Organisation (NGO), today strongly condemned the imposition of emergency in Pakistan.

It is clear that a long absence of democracratic political process in Pakistan has made it easy for the external elements to thrive, the NGO said in a release here today.

Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf is using this situation, which is of his own creation, as a pretext to justify his decision. The people of Pakistan have, in the recent past havev demonstrated, very loudly and clearly, their preference for a democratically elected Government, it said.

President Musharraf is trying to subvert this popular will which is evident from his sacking of Pakistan Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammed Chaudhry, deporting former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on his return to the country, flouting judicial orders and tempering with the Constitution to have a longer run as the President of the country, the realease added.

President Musharraf does not represent the popular will of Pakistan and violence cannot be fought by those who themselves have assumed power through violent and illegal means, the release said, adding that emergency is only a tool for President Musharraf to delay the impending elections to which the people of Pakistan were looking forward as an opportunity to give themselves a democratic governance.

''We as a part of the international community for unhindered democracy demand immediate withdrawal of emergency, restoration of all democratic rights of the people of Pakistan, freedom to the judiciary and press and immediate release of all the arrested activists, judicial offciers and political leaders,'' the release said.

''We demand that the the army of Pakistan should respect the people's will and ensure an early, fair who are fighting against all odds to bring back democracy, '' it added.

The signatory to the release includes Prabhash Joshi(Journalist), Uma Chakraborty (Delhi University), Jamal Kidwai, Khursheed Anwar, Rajendra yadav, Editor Hans, Ashok Vajpai (Poet), Ram Puniyani(IIT Mumbai), Apoorvanand (DU), Manoj Mishra (Digantar-Jaipur), Kavita Srivastava (PUCL), Satya Shivraman (Journalist) among many others.

UNI

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