December 2002 News

World should not ignore terrorists in Pak : PoK leaders

6 December 2002
The Daily Excelsior

New Delhi: Several Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir (PoK) leaders under the banner of United Kashmir Peoplesí National Party have asked the world community not to ignore certain anti-Western terrorist groups that have entrenched themselves in Pakistan. In a letter to United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Sergio Vieira De Mello, the UKPNP appealed the world body to use its influence for active steps to promote the restoration of genuine ''participatory democracy'' in Pakistan and the areas of Kashmir forcibly occupied by it at the earliest. The letter, signed among others by prominent PoK leaders including Shaukat Ali Kashmiri, Mumtaz Khan and Sarfaraz Ahmed Khan, drew the attention of the United Nations body toward the farcial referendum of Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf for continuing in power for another five years. ''It is shocking that despite the wealth of information that is available about the derailment of democracy in Pakistan, powerful and influential countries, which are assiduously building up their war campaign against so-called dictatorial regime in other parts, continue to treat the general Musharraf regime with kid-gloves,'' it said. ''It will appear that political expediency and the short sighted objective of eliminating the dregs of certain anti- Western terrorist groups...Have taken precedence over promoting'' the larger goals of ''expanding the circle of development,'' it claimed. ''The present situation can be summed up like ''democracy continues to remain a loser in Pakistan,'' it said.


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