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South Asian Network for Secularism and Democracy (SANSAD), comprising people from all walks of life in the South Asian Diaspora in British Columbia, Canada, organized a Roundtable on the current crisis in Pakistan. The following is a list conclusions arrived at during this meeting.



On Sunday June 3rd, 2007 – Pakistani Americans and their friends will hold a rally for the democracy and justice in Pakistan. The rally is planned outside the White House. The people of Pakistan have been denied their legitimate right for democracy for many years. Military rulers along with their interloper partners have longed ruled the country with iron hand and sham democracy in the name of international security.

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Karachi, a city of 10 million and Pakistan’s commercial hub, was convulsed by gun-battles Saturday, as Pakistan’s US-backed military strongman, President Pervez Musharraf, resorted to deadly violence in a bid to quash the growing popular challenge to his rule. According to press reports, at least 36 people were killed and more than 140 injured when thugs allied with the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), a pro-Musharraf party, attacked crowds gathering to show support for the country’s “suspended” Chief Justice, Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry.

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Pakistan has more people imprisoned facing execution than any other country in the world, human rights group Amnesty International says. Nearly a third of the world’s 24,000 death row prisoners are in Pakistan – “often held in extremely over-crowded conditions”, Amnesty says. Its annual report on the death penalty said the number of people executed in 2006 fell by 25%, compared with 2005.

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KATHMANDU – The day was designated as Loktantra or Democracy Day. It was on this day a year ago the autocratic king’s regime collapsed following 19 days of a nationwide uprising. Some two dozen supporters of the democracy movement died and thousands more were injured in the uprising.  At another meeting, Prachanda, head of the Maoist group that is now part of the ruling coalition government after it ended its own decade-long armed struggle, urged that Nepal should be declared a republic.

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FARM SUICIDES in Maharashtra rose by over 354 per cent between 1995 and 2003. That’s if the data of the National Crime Records Bureau are anything to go by. Strictly speaking they are not, being gross under-estimates. They draw from local machinery, which from region to region leaves out thousands from the lists of farm suicides. Yet, they still present a clear trend — a painful one. Even these twisted numbers show that farm suicides went up from 1,083 in 1995 to 3,836 eight years later.

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In a just world order, rights of self-determination of people, including the right of independence, ought to be viewed as a basic and absolute value. As with most moral principles, however, the actual implementation of such demands raises difficult issues since they always arise in a historical context of unjust distribution of rights. In other words, the demand for self-determination arises precisely because it has not been met so far, rendering the context in which the demand arises an unjust one. We will briefly
examine the right of self-determination of people in Kashmir from this perspective.

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