South Asia Democracy Watch (SADeW)
South Asia Democracy Watch Criticizes Attempts to Derail Democracy in Pakistan
Suggests Strong Measures to Normalize India-Pakistan Relations
The influential pressure group in the U.S., South Asia Democracy Watch (SADeW), has severely criticized recent attempts to weaken the democratic process through pseudo marches and fake resistance movements engineered and funded by supporters of dictatorships in Pakistan.
In a special meeting of its board members held in Dallas last week, the recent long march in Islamabad was viewed as another attempt to postpone elections and install a military supported government. “A religious leader planted from Canada with a history of being a puppet of dictators, has unsuccessfully tried to champion the cause of masses by bringing his religious followers to Islamabad” stated the news release issued after the meeting.
The group also appreciated all political parties in the country who collectively opposed the attempt to install undemocratic elements in the democratic process again and postpone elections.
“Now that the “angels” have realized that their appointed political leaders have no chances of winning elections, they are trying to oust popular political parties out of the democratic process” the group deplored.
The group also expressed its concern over the recent tension between India and Pakistan on the Kashmir’s Line of Control and strongly criticized the establishment who has been sabotaging the peace process between India and Pakistan whenever the relations improved.
The group viewed the recent tension between the two nuclear powers in South Asia as a conspiracy to develop a war-like environment, which could be dangerous for masses of the whole region. Citing the recent report published in New York Times that the Indian administration has asked the people of Kashmir to start building safety bunker for a possible nuclear attack, the group strongly opposed any military adventures in the region.
SADeW also asked the governments of India and Pakistan to restart the stalled negotiations for relaxing visa restrictions, removing barriers to trade relations and allowing people-to-people collaboration in cultural, social, educational, literary and political sectors.
SADeW board members who attended the meeting include Dr. Qaisar Abbas, Dr. Masood Ashraf Raja (university scholars), Fyyaz Hassan (political leader), Aftab Siddiqui (political activist), Raja Muzaffar (Kashmiri leader), Raja Zahid Akhtar (journalist), Tausif Kamal (attorney) and Siraj Butt (political leader of Northern areas in Paksitan).
The meeting also decided to launch the SADeW website, organize an event for political awareness among the diaspora and widen its membership to immigrants in the U.S. from all South Asian countries.