Commonwealth gives Musharraf ultimatum

The Commonwealth threatened to suspend Pakistan unless President Pervez Musharraf repealed emergency laws.

Commonwealth gives Musharraf ultimatum
The Commonwealth threatened to suspend Pakistan unless President Pervez Musharraf repealed emergency laws.

The 53-member body, consisting mainly of former British colonies, made the threat at a meeting in London, saying Musharraf must act by November 22 to avoid suspension.

The Commonwealth acted as confrontation loomed in Pakistan over a planned protest on Tuesday banned by the authorities but which opposition leader Benazir Bhutto insisted would go ahead.

"If after a review of progress Pakistan has failed to implement these necessary measures, it (the Commonwealth) will suspend Pakistan from the councils of the Commonwealth," the body's secretary-general, Don McKinnon, told reporters.

Among the measures demanded were the immediate repeal of emergency laws, the restoration of the constitution, the release of political prisoners, for Musharraf to step down as chief of the army, and for work to progress immediately on holding free and fair elections.

The threat was the latest attempt to put pressure on Musharraf to set Pakistan back on the path to democracy.


Agencies

Güncelleme Tarihi: 13 Kasım 2007, 15:55
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