=> KARACHI: The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (
KARACHI: The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) demanded on Friday that President Pervez Musharraf resign, restore the sacked judges, release former chief justice (CJ) of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry and his family and appoint a non-partisan and independent caretaker government and Election Commission (EC).
HRCP Secretary General Iqbal Haider said this at a press conference here. “President Musharraf must resign because he has violated the law and the Constitution of Pakistan. It is unfortunate that we have her a person, who call himself a president and damages Pakistan’s image,” said Haider. The HRCP also demanded the immediate release of deposed CJ Iftikhar Chaudhry and his family from house arrest.
“The HRCP strongly condemns the attitude of the judges under the Provisional Constitution Order (PCO), who would not dare take suo motu action against the illegal detention of CJ Iftikhar, Ali Ahmed Kurd and Justice (r) Tariq Mehmood,” Haider added.
Haider also urged for the immediate reinstatement of judges as they were on November 2, 2007. He said a neutral and independent caretaker government and Election Commission should be appointed to ensure free and fair elections. The elections do not have to be postponed again as these demands can be met within a short time. “A segment within the Army has been supporting religious extremists and terrorists, including Maulana Fazlullah and Sufi Muhammad of Swat,” Haider said, adding that Musharraf was behind the assasination of former premier Benazir Bhutto.
He strongly condemned the quick disposal of the contempt-of-court case against former Sindh chief minister Arbab Ghulam Rahim.
Source: Daily Times