Suspension: Pakistan hits back at Commonwealth

Suspension: Pakistan hits back at Commonwealth

Islamabad: Pakistan on Friday slammed the decision to suspend it from the Commonwealth’s membership as “unreasonable" and “unjustified".

Meanwhile, its Supreme Court, filled up with President Pervez Musharraf’s hand-picked judges, upheld the emergency clamped by him.

In a strong reaction to the move by the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group (CMAG) to suspend Pakistan, the foreign office here said, “The decision is unreasonable and unjustified."

“Pakistan will review its association and further cooperation with the organization," it said in a statement, adding the emergency imposed on 3 November is a “necessary measure to avert a serious internal crisis," and the situation is now returning towards normalcy.

The 53-nation Commonwealth on Thursday suspended Pakistan for the second time. The country was earlier suspended in 1999 after Musharraf grabbed power in a bloodless military coup, toppling Nawaz Sharif who was the prime minister then .

The multilateral grouping had given Musharraf time until 22 November to end the emergency and restore fundamental rights. Hours after Pakistan’s suspension from the grouping, the country’s Supreme Court upheld the emergency as well as the suspension of the fundamental rights.