Allegations of political violence in Pakistan
A Green Party activist, Mr Shahnawaz Panhwer, was attacked in Dadu, Sindh province on Sunday 28 April. However, it is unclear as to whether the attack was related to the country's upcoming elections.
Steve Emmott, EGP's lead representative in the Global Greens movement of which the Pakistan Green party is a member, stated, “The national elections on May 11 are supposed to be a landmark election for Pakistan, to show the world that it is a fully functioning democracy. From what we have been told, there is a possibility that this represents a case of serious political intimidation. We call upon the Pakistani authorities to begin an immediate investigation into this allegation, and to publish their findings. Furthermore, we call on the international community to follow up this event by committing to monitoring the electoral process in Pakistan, and upon the Global Green parties to show firm support for the campaign of the Greens in Pakistan.“
In response to the attack, the Green Party of Pakistan suspended their campaign for three days, and have called for the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court to take action against the culprits. The case is currently being investigated by the local police station.
The European Green Party utterly condemns all acts of political intimidation. Sadly, there is a history of electorally-related violence in Pakistan, particularly in Sindh province. These acts threaten to invalidate these elections, where for the first time in the country’s history one civilian government is due to be succeeded by another.
The EGP has written to His Excellency Munawar Saeed Bhatti, Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan at the European Union calling for Pakistani authorities to investigate this crime, and to publish their findings. The EGP has also written to Chief Observer Michael Gahler of the EU Election Observer Mission, to enquire into the assault.