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Muslim Parliament asks President Musharraf to pardon Briton on death row

Dr Ghayasuddin Siddiqui, Leader of the Muslim Parliament, has urged President Musharraf to intervene in the case of a Briton on death row. In a letter to Dr Maleeha Lodhi, High Commissioner of Pakistan in London, Dr Siddiqui expresses that the Hussain family have been pleading for the safety of Mr Hussain for years and have tried numerous ways to come to a reasonable solution to this injustice, but they have continuingly failed. At this time deferring the situation is not the answer and leaving the life of an innocent man in the hands of the deceased family is also not justified. An extreme level of Governmental intervention is vital at this stage because the Pakistani Government are still legally and constitutionally responsible for any outcome that comes of this unfortunate situation.

The Pakistani Government has appointed a committee of two individuals to arrive at a settlement between the two parties involved in accordance with the procedure of receiving ‘blood money’. This approach had been tried previously by Mr Hussain’s family, where they had offered a large amount of blood money but ultimately failed due to the unreasonableness of the other party. The concern now is how will the Pakistani Government guarantee that this approach will be successful this time? Assuming that these efforts do not succeed, does this mean that the Government will go ahead and execute Mr Hussain? The Government of Pakistan must know the implication of such an action. The world will not accept such an injustice lying down.

The Muslim Parliament have found it extremely hard to comprehend that even though the Constitution of Pakistan has unmistakably specified certain laws and regulations, that gives Mr Hussain every right to be acquitted, his family is still having to plea to the Pakistani Government to use their own written laws to bring rectitude to this case. No matter which law or authority is used to influence Mr Hussain’s case General Musharraf, as head of the State, is the only person that governs what happens in Pakistan and is legally and constitutionally responsible of the functions and misconducts in administering justice.

It is evident that Mr Hussain is a victim of Pakistan’s Judicial System and it is vital that justice is delivered to him from the Government that appoints and governs that system. It is the responsibility of the Pakistani Government to apply adequate human rights laws in place to bring justice to a man who has not been given a chance to have a fair trial.

The Muslim Parliament, therefore, has requested that President Musharraf and Dr Lodhi use their influence and power to revoke the death penalty and release Mr Hussain without further delay.

2 June 2006

For more information, please contact:

Asma Zaman, Campaign Co-ordinator – 020 8563 1995/ 07877 588 396




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