Several Americans of Pakistani descent, professionals in business and medicine, announced today the formation of an ad hoc Committee, the Americans Supporting Democracy and Justice in Pakistan. The committee’s mission is to educate the media, political leaders and the public about the importance of supporting democracy and democratic institutions in Pakistan.
“Pakistan is a country whose history is full of politically-motivated attacks against civilian rulers and outside influences that have destabilized the country, often resulting in takeovers by the military,” said Shafqat Tanweer, Chairman of the Board, “We want what the Pakistan people want: the rule of law and a government chosen by the people.”
The Committee is represented by McDermott Will & Emery partner Lanny J. Davis, former Special Counsel to President Clinton and former member of President George W. Bush’s Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, and counsel Eileen O’Connor, a former foreign correspondent for ABC and CNN.
“Several recent events in Pakistan, such as the military’s opposition to the Kerry-Lugar aide package and the Supreme Court’s decision regarding the National Reconciliation Ordinance, in which the Court set up “monitoring cells” and upheld a provision in the Constitution that is designed to undermine the legitimacy of elected officials, are troubling for the future of democracy and democratic institutions there,” Davis said. “Pakistan is a critical ally to the United States in the war on terror and its elected officials have supported renewed military action against militants in South Waziristan. That support must not be undermined by those who want to destabilize the government for political gain.”
The committee will welcome additional members and will be establishing a website in the coming weeks.
“Our goal is simple: Support the Pakistani people’s chosen leaders, whomever they may be, against misinformation, misrepresentation and unfounded attempts to undermine their authority,” Tanweer said. “We are American citizens but we still have close ties to our ancestral country and we welcome other Americans who support democracy and justice in Pakistan to join our cause.”