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Senate Opp seeks debate on HRVV rigging report

ISLAMABAD – The joint opposition on Saturday submitted an adjournment motion in the Senate Secretariat seeking debate on report of Human Right Watch (HRW), a US-based human rights group. It was an audio tap of Pakistan’s Attorney General acknowledging that 6e general election would be “massively” rigged.

The adjournment motion was moved under rule 74 of the rules of procedure and conduct of business in the Senate 1988.
The motion was moved by Leader of the Opposition Mian Raza Rabbani, Proffessor Khurshid Ahmad, M Ishaq Dar, Asfandyar Wali, Dr Safdar Ali Abbasi, M Enver Baig, Farooq Hamid Naek, Dr Babar Awan, M Latif Khan Khosa and Professor Sajid Mir.

The Human Rights Watch said a journalist had made the recording during a telephonic interview with Attorney General of Pakistan Malik Muhammad Qayyum when the latter took a second call without disconnecting the first, allowing his end of the second conversation to be overheard and recorded.

The motion noted that it has been reported in the media with reference to the Human Rights Watch that Malik Abdul Qayyum had talked with a journalist on telephone in which he has said that there will be massively rigged elections to get their own people to win.

“Such statement which has been recorded by the media is absolutely not bad rather worst and the vindication of the government behaviour and attitude to be adopted in elections which they intend to do. “The Human Rights Watch has placed the conversation on their website recorded by them,” it added.

It was noted in the motion that the matter is very serious and of national importance as it has created doubts in the minds of the general public, which should be discussed on the floor of the House adjourning the business of the Senate.

Source: The Nation
Date:2/17/2008