PAKISTANS NEW PARLIAMENT MUST ENSURE HUMAN RIGHTS ARE ON THE AGENDA AND FREE DETAINED LAWYERS

As Pakistan elects it’s new Parliament, Amnesty International is calling for the return of an independent judiciary and the immediate release of judges and lawyers detained prior to the run up to it’s elections.

It is urging The Pakistan People’s Party and the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, who now have half of the seats in Parliament to seize the opportunity to restore human rights in Pakistan and ensuring that the rule of law applies at all times.

In a statement it said: "The new Parliament must show that it will listen to its people who have given it a powerful mandate for change. By shouldering this responsibility and exercising political will they can bring an end to the cycle of violence and abuses that have affected Pakistan for decades and ensure that Pakistan emerges as a state that extends protections to all its civilians"

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