Lahore, 3 May 2023 (TDI): Imran Khan, the former Prime Minister and current Chairman of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), recently met with the German Ambassador, Alfred Grannas, to discuss issues related to bilateral affairs and mutual interest.
During the meeting on 30 April, Khan expressed concerns over the human rights violations taking place in Pakistan, emphasizing that his party was fully committed to promoting democracy and upholding the rule of law.
The discussion also touched upon the negative implications of deviating from the Constitution and the impact of the government’s unconstitutional actions on the country’s democracy.
Grannas highlighted the effects of human rights violations on Pakistan’s GSP+ status, which was awarded to the country based on its adherence to international conventions related to human and labor rights.
Ex-Prime Minister pointed out that democracy was based on the guarantee of fundamental rights and the establishment of a government based on public opinion. He also stressed that the people of Pakistan were the source of power in national decision-making in accordance with the constitution.
He further criticized the current government for depriving people of their right to vote and for allowing interim governments to rule in Punjab and KP, despite the passage of 90 days since the dissolution of both assemblies.
He noted that this was exacerbating the political crisis in the country, which was having an unimaginable impact on the economy.
The former Prime Minister drew Grannas’ attention to the grave human rights violations and attacks on democracy taking place in Pakistan, urging international attention and welcoming any voices being raised against such acts.
He also highlighted that sedition cases were being lodged against those advocating for peaceful protests, election campaigns, and freedom of expression.
The meeting underscored the importance of promoting democracy and upholding human rights in Pakistan and the need for international attention and support to address the ongoing challenges facing the country.