Parritt, deputy director of Amnesty Internationals
Asia-Pacific programme, said: The
Pakistan Peoples Party and the Pakistan
Muslim League-Nawaz who have secured at
least half the seats in Parliament have
an historic opportunity to ensure a full
restoration of respect for human rights
in Pakistan not least by upholding
provisions guaranteeing human rights and
the rule of law at all times.
new Parliament must show that it will listen
to its people who have given it a powerful
mandate for change. By shouldering this
responsibility and exercising political
will they can bring an end to the cycle
of violence and abuses that have affected
Pakistan for decades and ensure that Pakistan
emerges as a state that extends protections
to all its civilians.
a priority, Parliament must commit itself
to reversing the changes introduced in the
Constitution during the emergency period,
ensuring that the constitutional protection
of human rights may not be suspended by
military or other unilateral executive interventions
International believes that the new Parliament
and future government must:
Reinstate the judges of the superior judiciary
who were punitively and unconstitutionally
dismissed in November 2007
Uphold the independence of the judiciary
at all times
Ratify and implement international human
rights treaties, including the International
Covenant on Civil and Political Rights,
Convention Against Torture and Convention
against Enforced Disappearances
verdict a vote for change, democracy: US
New Delhi, February 20, 2008 (IANS)
US sees the poll verdict in Pakistan as
"a vote for change and a vote against
religious parties" and is ready to
engage with new leaders, said a team of
American senators who flew in here after
observing elections in that country. They
also supported an increase in economic assistance
to Pakistan to deal with the dangers of
extremism and religious radicalism and made
a pitch for recasting the US policy on Pakistan
based on issues and not personalities.
of Pakistan voted for change. People voted
against religious parties," said Senator
John Kerry, former US presidential candidate.
With fellow Democrat Joseph Biden, chairman
of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee,
and Chuck Hagel, a Republican senator from
Nebraska, Kerry was in Pakistan to oversee
is a critical moment for Pakistan, for India
and for the region. What Pakistan does over
the next few days is crucial for stability
in that country and the region," he
need to have a stronger policy on Pakistan
focused on issues like governance in that
country," Kerry said. The senators,
who met Musharraf Tuesday, said he accepted
defeat gracefully, telling them that "people
have spoken out." The Bush administration,
which has promoted Musharraf as a moderate
leader and key ally in the US-led war on
terror, may now have to do think afresh
on dealing with the new dispensation in
the nuclear-armed country.
US has welcomed Pakistan's elections, saying
they have been fair and have boosted the
prospects for democracy in the country.
Underlining the dangers of extremism in
Pakistan, Kerry said the US hoped there
would be a reduction in the level of violence
and radicalism. "All of us are concerned
about the increasing level of religious
radicalism in Pakistan. Some of the choices
made by the US have contributed to it,"
he said candidly, reflecting the Democrats'
critique of the Bush administration's policy
towards the Pervez Musharraf regime.
is up to the Pakistani people. It is their
election. It will be wholly inappropriate
for us to comment on it. He kept his promise
to hold the elections. Imperfect as it is,
it's is credible," he said when asked
whether he thought Musharraf should resign
after an overwhelming vote against the Pakistan
Muslim League-Q, popularly known as a the
a historic moment of transformation in Pakistan.
There is a peaceful transfer of power. Militancy
and extremism have no place in any civilized
society," Kerry stressed.
need a Pakistan policy and not a policy
based on personalities," stressed Biden.
greatest bulwark against the growth of radicalism
is democratic growth. There is a need for
a significant increase in the US' economic
assistance to Pakistan. Building more schools
and roads are critical elements in the war
on terror," he said.
(the results of Pakistan elections) should
not be viewed as a loss of support for the
common threat of jihad and extremism,"
will engage with the next set of leaders
in Pakistan. We didn't elect Musharraf.
Terrorism is a problem for all of us,"
said Hagel, indicating the US' readiness
to deal with the new leadership in Pakistan.
United States has supplied over $10 billion
of military aid to Pakistan since 2001 to
fight Taliban and Al Qaeda militants that
have taken shelter along its rugged border
results of Pakistan's general elections
held Monday 18 February 2008 will officially
be notified March 1, local TV channel DAWN
News reported Wednesday.