Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Nepal Bar Asks Pak to Stop Suppressing Lawyers

The Nepal Bar Association (NBA) on Mondayurged the government of Pakistan to stop meting out atrocities against lawyers taking out peaceful demonstrations.In a memorandum submitted to the Pakistani embassy, the NBA also expressed concern about the use of force in peaceful demonstrations that resulted in the death of many people.Led by NBA president Bishwa Kanta Mainali and general secretary Raman Kumar Shrestha, a group of lawyers had gone to the embassy to submit the memorandum. The NBA also called the Pakistani government not to impair the independence of the judiciary."The NBA would like to express its solidarity with the lawyers' community struggling for the independence of the judiciary and professional independence of judges and lawyers in Pakistan," the memorandum stated.The NBA also expressed concern about the Pakistani government's legal action against private newspapers.The NBA said it is observing developments in Pakistan after President Pervez Mushrraf's direction on March 9 to the Supreme Judicial Council of Pakistan to consider allegations of misconducts against Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhary.

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