| BY: Farooq
LAHORE: Awami Jamhoori Tehreek (AJT) on Tuesday announced unconditional
boycott of the upcoming elections even if the All Parties Democratic
Movement (APDM) decides to participate in the elections.
The announcement was made in a press conference by the leaders
of the AJT, six left-wing parties the Labour Party, the
National Workers Party, the Awami Tehreek, Sindh; Pakistan Mazdoor
Mahaz, Pakistan Mazdoor Kissan Party, the Inqilabi Workers Committee.
Advocate Abid Hassan Minto chaired the press conference at his
Taking part in the elections under present circumstances
is unacceptable, Mr Abid said, As soon as the APDM
departs from the democratic movement, we will separate ourselves
from them. He said the arrival of Benazir Bhutto and the
Sharifs in the country had expedited political activities. He
said the steps taken by General (r) Pervez Musharraf after November
2 were unconstitutional. He said, Musharraf
will no longer be a president if the political parties boycott
He said he had met with Benazir Bhutto on Monday to agree her
to boycott the elections. He said Benazir had not made any decision
He said, We will hold a rally in Lahore on December 9.
On December 25 we will again protest in Islamabad.
The AJT leaders demanded General (r) Musharraf restore the judiciary
and pre-November 2 position. Elahi Bakhsh and Farooq Tariq also
addressed the conference.