Washington D.C., November 4, 2007 – The Pakistani American Leadership Center (PAL-C) is gravely concerned about the proclamation of a state of emergency by the government of Pakistan and the subsequent suspension of the Constitution, suppression of the news media, and detaining of lawyers, politicians, human rights activists and others.
While PAL-C respects the right of the government to maintain law and order, to provide security, and to contain and combat extremism, such emergency measures are not in Pakistan’s best interest, and contradict the progress Pakistan has made toward becoming a fully democratic society.
PAL-C urges a prompt return to the constitutional course, an affirmation that elections will be held for a new parliament in January, the lifting of all restrictions on the media, the release of activists to allow a level playing field for all political forces and to assure the independence of all government institutions, and for all parties to act with restraint in what is obviously a very difficult situation.
PAL-C will continue to monitor the situation as it develops and encourages the U.S. Administration and Congress to continue its support and aid to the people of Pakistan in the challenging days ahead, especially now when that support is needed by the people of Pakistan more than ever.
The Pakistani American Leadership Center (PAL-C) is a professional Pakistani-American advocacy organization with an office located on Capitol Hill. It launched the Congressional Pakistan Caucus in May 2004 and works to raise awareness about Pakistani-American interests in Washington policy circles.
Our activities include facilitating the Congressional Pakistan Caucus, liaising Pakistani officials and the community with Members of Congress, and mobilizing all Pakistani-Americans at the grassroots level. If you wish to learn more about PAL-C, please visit our website www.pal-c.orgor email us at email@example.com.