HRCP statement: Derailment of democracy dangerous

Published: January 16, 2013

LAHORE: The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) said that threats to the democratic dispensation have escalated enormously following the Supreme Court’s order for the arrest of Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf. In a statement, the HRCP said: “It is difficult to measure the misfortune of the luckless people of Pakistan that their state is coming apart at the seams and they have been rendered passive spectators to an ugly drama divorced of any justification.” It added that “if nothing else, the judiciary has to weigh the consequences of its decisions on the state whose interest it is supposed to safeguard. HRCP calls upon all political parties to realise their stake and that of the people of Pakistan in salvaging the idea of a democratic state out of all this chaos, because any derailment of the democratic system at this juncture will imperil Pakistan’s integrity and undermine the prospects of the future generations.”

Published in The Express Tribune, January 16th, 2013. 

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