Pakistan


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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.

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Gen Musharraf is facing an unprecedented challenge to his rule President Pervez Musharraf has signed into immediate effect measures to increase control over the media. Current regulations related to television have been extended to the internet and mobile phones. Some regulations on who is allowed to be licensed to broadcast in Pakistan have been extended to cover “any foreign non-governmental organisation”.

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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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At least three Afghan refugees have been killed after clashes between Pakistani security forces and refugees in south-western Pakistan, police say. Both sides say the other started the violence in Pir Alizai camp after officials tried to demolish homes. The camp, set up for Afghan refugees after the 1979 Soviet invasion, is to be closed down by next month.

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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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For most of his adult life, Muhammad Rauf, 38, has worked at a hide-tanning factory in the Pakistani border town of Kasur. He applies large quantities of water and chemicals to raw animal skins as part of the laborious process that turns them into finished leather. But at the same time, he is increasingly worried about the acute pollution problems caused by tannery waste, which has badly polluted ground water, impacted on the health of local residents and has also affected crops grown in the area. The tanning industry is a major foreign exchange earner for Pakistan, with jackets, sports goods, handbags, footwear and other items manufactured from leather originating in the country and sold across the world.

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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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