To: the Ambassador,
The Embassy of Pakistan
cc: The Election Commission of Pakistan.
We the undersigned wish to express our concern and alarm at the undemocratic events surrounding the elections in South Waziristan NA-41.
We note that Ali Wazir, the independent candidate standing for election in the NA-41 constituency of South Waziristan, polled 2,000 more votes than his closest rival and yet the Election Commission of Pakistan failed to declare his victory in the election.
Every civilised nation that supports the basic principles of democracy must allow its citizens to freely and fairly elect their representatives. We are therefore particularly concerned by reports that the Taliban, an undemocratic, fundamentalist organisation, and other anti-people forces in the area has influenced the decisions of the Election Commission.
We also note the mass campaigns and support that Ali Wazir has ignited through his candidacy in these elections. We hope that your government and the Election Commission recognise that Ali Wazir’s demands for Peace, Bread and Employment reflect the desires of the people of South Waziristan. To deny these people their chosen representative is a gross breach of democratic principles.
We express our concern at the potential for fraudulent activites during the re-polling of South Waziristan NA-41 tomorrow. We deeply and sincerely hope that the Election Commission and your government will uphold Ali Wazir’s clear victory in the interests of democracy and justice. We express our unreserved support for the ordinary people of South Waziristan and we support Ali Wazir as their democratically elected representative.
H-A- Khan & Friends!! ( Long Live Socialism )