Civil Society Members Voice Concern Over Islamabad Sit-Ins

Published: September 3, 2014

Civil Society Members Voice Concern Over Islamabad Sit-Ins, The civil society members on Tuesday said that those who were refusing to end their sit-ins in Islamabad were forcing the government to use power and get sympathy of the people. They expressed serious concerns over the situation emerging in Islamabad due to the protest demonstrations by two political parties.

Speaking at a press conference along with PPP leader Habib Junaidi and other civil society members, PILER Chief Karamat Ali said that no one was allowed to ridicule national institutions. He said that these protests were a deliberate attempt to detract the democratic process in the country and an attempt to put real issues on the back burner.

“It is our considered opinion that the real issue today is to create the conditions necessary to guarantee free, fair and transparent elections leading to the emergence of a parliament and other elected bodies that not only represent every section of the people but also fully reflect their hopes and aspirations,” he added. He said that the parliament had already established a Parliamentary Committee for electoral reforms and it was an urgent need that this committee start working immediately to bring more credibility to the electoral system in the country.

“We strongly feel that the Parliament is the right forum to discuss all proposals about electoral reforms,” he said adding that the parliamentary committee had already invited proposals in this regard from all civil society groups, political parties, academia and other concerned segments of the society. Speaking on the occasion, Head of Social Sciences, SZABIST, Dr Riaz Ahmed, said that the present turmoil was a calculated attempt to destabilise the democratic process in the country.

All the political and civil society forces should join hands to foil it. “We also feel that those who have created law and order problem in Islamabad and are encouraging the protestors to damage state symbols should be prosecuted as per the law of the land,” he added. The press conference was also attended by Saleha Athar, trade union leader Habibuddin Junaidi, Jai Parkash and Asad Butt of Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, Mir Zulfiqar Ali of NOW Communities, and Ellahi Bukhsh of SPO and others.


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