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HRCP alarmed over action targetting HEC chair’s family


Source Daily Times
LAHORE: The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) has expressed serious concern over the manner in which action has been taken against relations of Javed Leghari, chairman of the Higher Education Commission (HEC), at a time when the HEC is seeking verification of academic certificates of parliamentarians, and asked the government to desist from strong-arm tactics.

In a statement issued on Monday, HRCP said, “The arrest of HEC Chairman Javed Leghari’s brother, grant of bail to him in one case and instant arrest in another, raid on the HEC chairman’s house and arrest of his servants reek of vengeful motives at a time when the HEC is part of a probe into authenticity of academic certificates of parliamentarians.

The corruption charges that are being cited as the ground for action against Leghari’s brother are more than two years old. The fact that little action had been taken with regard to those charges until the HEC moved to seek verification by universities of parliamentarians’ academic certificates leads one to the disturbing conclusion that these actions are a signal to the HEC to back off.

Though such strong-arm tactics have been the norm under military dictatorships, they cannot be tolerated in a democratic dispensation.

While actions in accordance with due process of law are to be welcomed, those aimed at persecution rather than prosecution also need to be condemned. HRCP strongly protests such strong-arm tactics and calls upon all democratic forces to unequivocally oppose them and act in a proactive manner not only to raise their voice for protection of people’s rights but also guard against people’s trust in democracy from being undermined.

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  • Mr.Ahmad Iqbalabadi, Looks like you didnt see a psychiatrist till now as somebody had sincerely advised you. Again you give a proof of your IQ being <40. You are calling it–mound out of a molehill. It is such a serious matter which involves about 1/2 of MNAs. Our representatives are fake and their leader is friend of Mr10%– Th great 'fake dr'Babar Awan.Looks like corruption is in your blood,faith and nerves. You cant live without corruption. Of course it has to be there because your godfather(Mr.10%) is the most corrupt person born till now. If Mr.Laghari is exposing corruption,why are you feeling pain in the neck. Whoever wants to expose corruption in Pakistan is enemy of PPP. Be it CJP, Tariq Khosa or Laghari. All the corrupts are friends of PPP and Mr.10%. Shame on those who are doing state terrorism on Laghari to defend fake degree holders. Shame on their supporters also.