Former Prime Ministers Nawaz Shariff and Benazir Bhutto continue to struggle to reach consensus on how to deal with the elections announced by President Parvez Musharaff. Both filed nominations. Shariff has been disqualified. Benazir announced the Pakistan Peoples Party’s election manifesto on 30 November 2007. Since then, Shariff and Bhutto have been trying to cobble together a pro-democracy alliance but so far they have succeeded only in undermining the democracy movement; the lawyers, journalists and human rights activists – have been sidelined.
Benazir Bhutto’s election manifesto offers no alternative. The proposals lack any substance. She has nothing to offer in terms of governance. There is nothing substantive on human rights.
Some of the key issues of concern are highlighted below.
I. No commitment on an independent National Human Rights Commission
II. No commitment at international level
III. Improving the plight of the minorities
V. PPP’s silence on the American War against terror
VI. Deathly silence on the plight of the BalochisVII. Judiciary
VIII. Press and media Freedom
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