Thursday, January 31, 2008

Yom e Iftikhaar "Iftikhar Day"

This is my cover letter that I am sending to my representatives with a copy of Justice Iftikhar's letter.

Honorable Sir/Madam, Member Parliament [[ Name of Constituency ]]

I write to you as a voting citizen of your constituency, to bring to your attention a matter of grave importance to the cause of democracy, justice, and indeed world peace. I write to bring to your attention the plight of the judiciary and the Cheif Justice of Pakistan who is currently illegally detained along with 60 other Supreme Court and High Court judges. Their crime being that they refused to serve under an illegal military dictatorship.

Dear [[Mr./Ms.]] [[Last Name]], I want to bring this injustice done against the People of Pakistan by an ILLEGAL usurper of democratic power, one Pervez Mushsharraf who claims to be “Military Chief” and “President” of the State of Pakistan. Dear representative, it needs no reminding that anarchy and terrorism thrive in nations which are lawless and under tyrannical one-man regimes. Some examples being Saddam, Kim-Jong-Il, Suharto and Pervez Musharraf. It is a fallacy to fool ourselves into thinking that “one tough man” can do our dirty work there, while the fact is that what is needed is a legitimate democratic government with an independent judiciary.

I urge you, in the name of democracy, justice and common sense to please bring up this issue of illegal destruction of the Judicial Branch of the Pakistani state in front of the legislative body of which you are a member. If we are to safeguard our western civilization from terror and religious extremism then we must fight against those who prepare the breeding grounds for such activities by usurping democratic governments in the name of stability and “fighting terror”. The fact is that only democratic governments are able to deal with such matters as they enjoy the moral support of the fabric of underlying societies.

Attached please find the open letter sent by the illegally imprisoned Chief Justice of Pakistan to all those who would heed the call of democracy and decency while we have time. Please raise a voice of support for the illegally imprisoned judges, lawyers and political prisoners in Pakistan imprisoned by none other than Pervez Musharraf right under the very sensitive democratic noses of the West.

Sincerely I am,

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