ISLAMABAD: As the reign of terror unleashed by the imported government reached its climax, Canadian members of parliament urged their Prime Minister Trudeau to help address the escalating human rights violations in the country by reaffirming Ottawa’s commitment to justice, democracy, and human rights, both within Pakistan and globally.
A group of Canadian lawmakers expressed “grave concern over the worst human right situation unfolding in Pakistan” and sent a letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.Salma Zahid, a chair of the Canada-Pakistan Parliamentary Friendship Group, penned a letter signed by 16 MPs to PM Trudeau regarding the ongoing crackdown by the PDM government on Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s (PTI) leaders and workers. The letter from the Canadian lawmakers clearly reflected the growing global concern over the worst human rights situation in Pakistan.
The lawmakers’ concerns come amidst an ongoing crackdown by the PDM government on leaders and workers of PTI. It is to mention here that PTI chairman Imran Khan’s residence in Lahore’s Zaman Park was violently raided twice, besides detaining unlawfully over 7,500 party workers, including women and children. Moreover, PTI top leadership was put in the jail in false and fabricated cases and party leaders were being pressurized and subjected worst oppression to change their loyalties.
The letter, signed by 16 Canadian lawmakers who are members of the Canada-Pakistan Parliamentary Friendship Group, highlighted the importance of the right to peaceful protest and strongly condemned all acts of violence, arbitrary arrests, and the urgent need for fair trials in the country’s civilian courts. As representatives of their constituents, particularly thousands of Pakistani-Canadians, the lawmakers stressed the fundamental nature of democracy, the rule of law, and freedom of expression in any society, underscoring the importance of upholding these principles without compromise in Pakistan. (INP)