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Civil society condemns political victimization of opposition leaders.

KARACHI -- A civil society gathering here on Tuesday expressed serious concern over undermining of the parliament, laws and the Constitution by the federal government and state institutions, which is causing a bad name to the country globally. They condemned the political victimization of the opposition leaders. At a meeting organized by Pakistan Civil Society Forum, held here at the office of Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (Karachi office), the human rights, labour rights and civil society activists demanded release of all the political leaders by following the legal procedures. They condemned the delaying tactics being adopted by the federal government for giving him way to send abroad the former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for medical treatment as he is facing serious health threats. At last the Federal Cabinet on Tuesday afternoon decided on certain conditions to remove Nawaz Sharif's name from the Exit Control List (ECL) for the specified period. Earlier, the Lahore High Court had already granted an eight-week bail to Nawaz Sharif on health grounds.

Similarly, the civil society leaders pointed out that the former President of Pakistan and Co-Chairperson of Pakistan People's Party Asif Ali Zardari is also facing political victimization as he is kept in Adiala jail Rawalpindi without framing any charges against him for many months and he is denied of proper medical treatment and other legal rights. On Tuesday, an accountability court in Islamabad refused an application to shift Zardari from Rawalpindi to Karachi for medical treatment. Besides this, the civil society leaders said the federal government is undermining the Parliament by making new laws through ordinances and getting them passed from the National Assembly in a single session without any serious debate.

The opposition parties had protested against bulldozing the procedures. They condemned the government's attitude towards the democratic institutions, undermining the sovereignty of the Parliament. This is creating bad name for the country in the comity of the nations. The meeting also expressed serious concern over the shrinking space in the society as people are facing difficulties in exercising their fundamental rights giving under the Constitution, especially the freedoms of expression and association.

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Publication:Regional Times (Karachi, Pakistan)
Geographic Code:9PAKI
Date:Nov 13, 2019
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