Lends full support to resisting judges
Hails lawyers for taking up the fight
Lahore: The Labour Party Pakistan (LPP) has strongly condemned
the Musharraf regime for imposing Emergency thus depriving the
people of Pakistan of their already-limited basic human and democratic
The LPP Chairperson, Nisar Shah, and Secretary General Farooq
Tariq, in a joint statement issued here Saturday vowed to resist
the imposition of Emergency in collaboration with civil society
bodies, trade unions and opposition parties.
While lending full support to the resisting Supreme Court judges
and Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Ch., the LPP leaders condemned
Justice hameed Dogar for taking oath under new PCO saying:
Regardless of the immediate outcome of the judges fight against
the generals, the resisting judges have deprived the Emergency
of all its justification .
They said that it was unprecedented in the history of Pakistan
that judiciary had showed such a courage. This resistance
also owes to the mass movement led by lawyers fraternity last
summer that humbled the Musharaff regime and chief justice was
reinstated', they added.
They also hailed the Karachi lawyers for taking lead in announcing
to launch their struggle to fight back Emergency.
The LPP leaders appealed to activists, trade unions and civil
body organisations to join hands with resisting judges and lawyers
to rid the country of military regime.
They said: Though the regime is likely to use Taliban-occupation
of certain districts in Frontier province as a pretext to impose
Emergency yet it is most likely that Emergency is imposed to pre-empt
a court ruling against Musharaff's re-election. Emergency means
that all basic democratic rights will be suspended while courts
would have their powers curtailed.
Pakistan has been in grip of political crisis and regime
was facing growing mass resentment. This Emergency is a desperate
attempt to cling to power, they added.