HRCP condemns attacks on Politicians
LAHORE: Strongly condemning the attacks on political leaders, workers and their candidates, that have already resulted in many deaths, the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) has called upon the government to fulfil its duty of protecting the politicians and also urged upon all parties to face the threat of violence unitedly instead of being picked out one after another.
In a statement issued on Wednesday, the commission said, “The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) is seriously alarmed at the series of murderous attacks on political leaders in different parts of the country, that have already claimed many lives. Over a dozen people were killed in Peshawar on Tuesday in a terrorist attack on an ANP meeting. The same day an attack on the convoy of Sanaullah Zehri of PML-N in Balochistan resulted in the death of his brother, a son and a nephew. Earlier an MQM candidate was killed in Hyderabad.”
The commission expressed its sincere condolences to the bereaved families and the parties concerned. “These attacks point to an increasing trend of violence which, if not quickly curtailed, will certainly sabotage the election process. The climate of fear and intimidation surrounding the election campaign has a direct and adverse bearing on free and fair elections.”
Whereas all parties face a threat from extremist elements, there is clear evidence to suggest that some face considerably greater danger than others. The Commission finds the situation in regard to the ANP as particularly alarming. The ANP has been the victim and target of a vicious and consistent campaign of terrorism. Over the past few days ANP candidates and workers have been attacked in Swat, Shabqadar and several other places. The Commission demands that the caretaker government takes all adequate and necessary measures for ensuring the safety of all political leaderships and workers. The government must give top priority to this task, to its primary responsibility.
HRCP also expects the leaders of all political parties to rise above their inter-party differences and display solidarity in condemning these dastardly attacks. It is imperative that democratic forces display due awareness of the threat that these attacks pose to democracy and the country and the willingness to fight it together. They must unitedy face the challenge thrown by the militants of various hues instead of being eliminated one after the other.
Source: Daily Times