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  • Pakistan suspended from the Commonwealth

    by Sunny
    23rd November, 2007 at 12:44 pm    

    Sounds like the right decision to make. Hopefully it’ll put more pressure on Musharraf to hold free elections as soon as possible.

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    1. Joy1 — on 23rd November, 2007 at 5:56 pm  

      The decision to suspend Pakistan from the Commonwealth is a welcome decision. A country unpleasantly engaged in a war between various political factions, which has resulted, quite humiliatingly, Pakistan’s removal from the Commonwealth. This will deprives, as David Miliband put it, “Pakistan of hundreds of millions of pounds of foreign investment and Commonwealth development funding, as well as excluding it from the 53-member bloc’s decision-making councils until democracy is restored.”

      There is a real social and political problem in Pakistan. You have the Islamist prepared to use violence to intimidate and remove Benazir Bhutto and Musharraf and then you have the ‘democrats’ of Pakistan. If an Islamist party obtains power, they will ensure the removal of India, which is a Hindu religious state. Moreover, if we have a democratic Government, this will enhance relations between Pakistan and neighbouring states. Moreover, other democratic countries will, without doubt I would argue, engage in diplomatic relations with Pakistan. All that said, when will I as a Bangladeshi receive an apology from the Pakistani state for the genocide of my fellow Bengali brothers and sister, whether they are Muslim, Hindu, Christian or no faith?

      The number of dead in Bangladesh in 1971 was almost certainly well into seven figures. This is according to some academic commentators. It was one of the worst genocides of the World War II era, outstripping Rwanda (800,000 killed) and probably surpassing even Indonesia (1 million to 1.5 million killed in 1965-66).

      As R.J. Rummel writes, The human death toll over only 267 days was incredible. Just to give for five out of the eighteen districts some incomplete statistics published in Bangladesh newspapers or by an Inquiry Committee, the Pakistani army killed 100,000 Bengalis in Dacca, 150,000 in Khulna, 75,000 in Jessore, 95,000 in Comilla, and 100,000 in Chittagong. For eighteen districts the total is 1,247,000 killed. This was an incomplete toll, and to this day no one really knows the final toll. Some estimates of the democide [Rummel's "death by government"] are much lower — one is of 300,000 dead — but most range from 1 million to 3 million. … The Pakistani army and allied paramilitary groups killed about one out of every sixty-one people in Pakistan overall; one out of every twenty-five Bengalis, Hindus, and others in East Pakistan. If the rate of killing for all of Pakistan is annualized over the years the Yahya martial law regime was in power (March 1969 to December 1971), then this one regime was more lethal than that of the Soviet Union, China under the communists, or Japan under the military (even through World War II). (Rummel, Death By Government, p. 331.)

      The events of the last couple of days in Pakistan have sharpened my view regarding whether the United Kingdom and the United States should retain their support for Pakistan. We should either cut off all diplomatic ties and wait until democracy is restored, or alternatively continue to pressure Pakistan until, finally it restores its democratic governance. That is my view anyway.



    2. nodn — on 24th November, 2007 at 12:49 am  

      They suspended Pakistan for a lack of democracy, which I would agree with totally… if one member of their own public had had a say in Gordon Brown taking over as Prime Minister.

      Making Pakistan suffer for a lack of democracy is pointless, and honestly seems slightly racist, unless they’re being democratic themselves.

    3. Rumbold — on 24th November, 2007 at 10:10 am  

      First Indian elected Secretary-General of the Commonwealth:

    4. Edsa — on 24th November, 2007 at 11:43 am  

      It took no time to expel Pakistan. Previously sanctions have been considered against Mugabe’s Zimbabwe and Fiji. It’s always the non-white members that are considered wanting.

      The Anglo nations - Britain, Australia & Canada - have joined in the illegal invasion of Iraq and Afghanistan, been involved in torture and killing of civilians with impunity.They know that no brown or black Commonwealth members will dare censure them.

      The largest member, India, has a long record of timidity and cowardice when it comes to challenging a white nation. It also lacks international clout and respect, unlike China.
      Tired, spent-out Indian seniors like Manmohan Singh or Pranab Mukerjee are intellectual lightweights and have little diplomatic flair or originality. Can you imagine them standing before a Commonwealth forum berating one of the Anglo nations and proposing sanctions against them?
      Tch, tch - unthinkable.

    5. Sehrish Dar — on 25th November, 2007 at 3:59 am  

      India, the staunch enemy of Pakistan, was elected Secretary General of Commonwealth, are you surprised Pakistan got suspended on an excuse? I’m not.

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