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December 07, 2007

Bar Association to President Musharraf: Breach of Rule of Law 'Reprehensible'

Calling his actions "reprehensible," Philadelphia Bar Association Chancellor Jane Leslie Dalton today expressed profound objections to Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf regarding the breach of the rule of law in Pakistan.

In a letter sent today to President Musharraf on behalf of the 13,000-member Association, Dalton referred to a resolution adopted unanimously by the Association's Board of Governors on Nov. 29 expressing strong opposition to Musharraf's imposing a state of emergency, suspending the Constitution, dismissing the Supreme Court, detaining members of the Supreme Court under house arrest, and arresting and mistreating lawyers and others engaged in peaceful protest.

"We find these actions to be reprehensible," the Chancellor wrote. She continued:
"Democracy, judicial independence and the rule of law are the cornerstones of a free and fair society. We implore you to immediately lift the state of emergency and restore the rule of law. We respectfully urge you to reinstate the Supreme Court and to free those lawyers and leaders who have been unjustly jailed. We urgently request that you restore your democratic institutions to their former role."

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