SC urges UK to acknowledge past mistakes

Letter mentions 1953 coup in Iran and establishment of Israel state through Balfour Declaration as historical errors

Jahanzeb Abbasi May 29, 2024
Supreme Court of Pakistan has addressed a letter to British High Commissioner Jane Marriott in Islamabad. PHOTO: FILE


The Supreme Court of Pakistan has addressed a letter to British High Commissioner Jane Marriott in Islamabad, emphasising that the court has rectified its past mistakes and urging the United Kingdom to do the same.

On the directive of Chief Justice Qazi Faez Isa, the Registrar of the Supreme Court wrote to the British High Commission, noting that High Commissioner Marriott spoke about democracy and open societies at the recently held Asma Jahangir Conference.

"The Supreme Court of Pakistan has addressed its mistakes, and it is imperative that the UK also acknowledges and rectifies its own," the letter stated. It mentioned the 1953 coup in Iran and the establishment of the state of Israel through the Balfour Declaration as historical errors.

The letter highlighted High Commissioner Marriott’s passionate speech at the Asma Jahangir Conference, where she emphasised the importance of democracy, elections, and open societies.

"The interest shown by the British government is welcome.”

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It is essential to hold elections within 90 days of the completion of the terms of the national and provincial assemblies in Pakistan. The elections were delayed because the president and the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) could not agree on who had the authority to announce the election date, the letter explained.

"The Supreme Court resolved this matter within 12 days, and general elections were held across Pakistan on February 8, 2024," it added.

The Registrar of the Supreme Court called for moving away from the brink of settler colonialism's racial superiority. "Let us all stand for equality, peace, and humanity," the letter urged.

"Let us be honest and acknowledge past mistakes with a spirit of openness. The Supreme Court of Pakistan has recognised its past errors, addressed them in detail, and taken steps to ensure they are not repeated," it stated.

The letter concluded by noting, "As King Charles III's government emphasises the need for open societies and democracy… we express our sincere hopes and good wishes for the openness and democratic aspirations of your country’s people."


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