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Bipartisan US Congress Letter Expresses Concerns Regarding Pakistan's Democracy and Human Rights

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Calling for the Upkeep of Democratic Values via Diplomatic Means

Although the government’s crackdown on Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party is not specifically mentioned in the letter, it emphasises the value of upholding democratic ideals and calls for action to safeguard people’s rights and freedom from harassment, intimidation, and arbitrary detention. Following the defeat of Khan’s administration in a parliamentary vote of no-confidence in April of the previous year, Pakistan’s coalition government has sometimes detained PTI officials in subsequent months. Khan claimed that a global plot to overthrow him was orchestrated by officials of the Biden administration in Washington, but the US has continuously refuted these claims. The congressional letter expresses rising alarm over Pakistan’s prominent government critics’ murders and limitations on protests. It requests Secretary Blinken’s help in putting pressure on the Pakistani government to allow demonstrators to express their concerns peacefully and without fear of retaliation.

Pakistan’s Democracy and Human Rights: A Source of Concern

In an effort to address their worries about Pakistan’s democracy and human rights situation, more than 65 members of the US Congress have come together in a bipartisan coalition. The US government should use diplomatic channels to promote the preservation of democratic principles, human rights, and the rule of law in Pakistan, the lawmakers urged in a letter to Secretary Antony Blinken, according to a statement released by the Pakistan-American Political Action Committee (PAKPAC) on Thursday.

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