Contingent calls for Pakistan aid suspension

A contingent of human rights groups urged United States President George W. Bush to halt the flow of aid to Pakistan, after the military regime declared emergency rule and jailed politicians, jurists and human rights activists. “We are writing to urge a significant increase in US pressure on the government of Pakistan to end martial law and to release those who have been detained or are under house arrest,” said the contingent in a joint statement. “This increased pressure should include a strong, unequivocal statement from President Bush explicitly condemning martial law and the subsequent arrests, and a cutoff of all security assistance until these repressive steps are reversed,” added the groups. The coalition comprises prominent human rights groups, which include Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, Human Rights First, Freedom Home, The Carter Center, Global Rights, International Justice Mission, International League for Human Rights, and Physicians for Human Rights. (Source: Dozen US rights groups ask Bush to cut off military aid to Pakistan/AFP)

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