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PML-N Deal With President Musharraf

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According to recent news reports, Shahbaz Sharif – brother of PML-N leader Nawaz Sharif and likely candidate for Prime Minister – has entered negotiations with Brigadier (R) Niaz – who is a close friend of both Shahbaz Sharif and President Pervez Musharraf.

Inside sources suggest President Musharraf has offered Shahbaz Sharif a role in the government following parliamentary elections on 18 February, provided the PML-N drops its demand for the reinstatement of the Pakistani judiciary removed on 3 November 2007.

SAC-US is deeply concerned about these negotiations, since dropping the demands for the reinstatement of the judiciary would be a violation of the terms of an informal agreement the PML-N leadership recently reached with SAC Lahore and SAC Islamabad.

Please spread the word, and contact PML-N members to register your protest against these undemocratic negotiations. Contact information for Shahbaz Sharif and other PML-N members is listed here.

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23 January 2008 at 9:31 pm

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SAC Press Release

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Launch of Student Action Committee – USA Chapter for the restoration of Democratic Process in Pakistan

Washington DC. Jan 5th 2008; Pakistani students from universities from different states of the United States launched Student Action Committee-USA as an independent chapter of Student Action Committee Lahore and Islamabad. The primary purpose of the Committee is to work towards the restoration and development of a democratic political process in Pakistan. The short term objectives of SAC-US include the restoration of judiciary to its pre-Nov 3rd status; the establishment of an independent election commission and an independent interim government so as to ensure free and fair elections; the withdrawal of restrictions on the Pakistani media; the abrogation of any constraints on the rights to assembly, campaign and protest; and the release of thousands of students, lawyers and political workers currently in government custody.

SAC-US is a non-partisan group that does not endorse any political party but seeks collaboration on points of mutual agreement with other individuals and organizations, including political parties in Pakistan and the Government organizations in Washington DC. SAC-US also seeks to cultivate a long-term relationship with the US media.

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17 January 2008 at 9:28 pm

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SAC-USA Is Active

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SAC-USA held its first meeting yesterday. In addition to a set of objectives, the SAC agreed upon the following short-term activities:

  • Members will organise awareness-raising events on campuses in her or his area. At least one event will be held by the second week of February.
  • Members will organise protests following the awareness-raising events. Protests in different areas will be staged simultaneously shortly before the elections in Pakistan.
  • SAC will collaborate with other organisations to promote advocacy on Capitol Hill, Washington, DC. An event is being planned on the Hill, tentatively scheduled for 7 February.
  • SAC will begin cultivating a long-term relationship with the US media, starting by distributing a press release to media contacts in the second week of January.
  • SAC will communicate, and establish a working relationship, with SAC Lahore and SAC Islamabad.

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6 January 2008 at 12:46 pm

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