=> LONDON (NNI) – British Prime Minister Cordon Brown
LONDON (NNI) – British Prime Minister Cordon Brown should tell visiting Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf that free and fair elections would be impossible without the full restoration of Pakistan’s judiciary, Human Rights Watch has said.
Musharraf, in the United Kingdom on the last leg of his first foreign trip since the assassination of former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto on December 27, is scheduled to meet Brown on Monday.
“The British government has long ignored Musharraf’s systematic political repression in exchange for dubious cooperation in the ‘war on terror’, and hollow promises on free and fair elections,” said Brad Adams, Asia Director at Human Rights Watch.
“Prime Minister Brown should tell President Musharraf that the UK would no longer tolerate his abusive policies.”
On November 3, 2007 Musharraf suspended Pakistan’s Constitution, fired much of the country’s senior judiciary and arrested thousands of opponents, most of who were eventually released because of international pressure.
Source: The Nation