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Pallone for reimposing sanctions against Pak.

WASHINGTON JULY 3. The Democratic legislator in the House of Representatives, Frank Pallone, has said that the United States must reimpose the democracy sanctions against Pakistan in the light of the recent anti-democratic goings-on in that country. In a letter to the U.S. President, George W. Bush, Mr. Pallone said that he intended to introduce a legislation for reinstating the sanctions against Pakistan this month. He was particularly disturbed at the Pakistan President, Pervez Musharraf's attempt to rewrite the Constitution, empowering the executive over the legislature and the judiciary, he said. Citing Gen. Musharraf's proposed 73 amendments, the Congressman from New Jersey said "it was clear from the moment Gen. Musharraf overthrew the civilian Government in October 1999 through a military coup, followed by a self-proclaimed Presidency in 2001, that a return to civilian rule was not a priority.''

Mr. Pallone, founder of the Congressional Caucus on India and Indian Americans, said that there was a power shift, away from the people of Pakistan to the hands of Gen. Musharraf. "I am also concerned about the use of American resources provided in economic and military aid to Pakistan by an anti-democratic regime.''

While he appreciated Gen. Musharraf's help in the war against terror and his pledge to end cross-border infiltration of terrorists in Kashmir, Washington should not condone military rule in Pakistan, the letter said.

"Strife in this region of the world can only begin to be resolved if Pakistan is returned to a democratic rule. Unfortunately, the consolidation of power only under Gen. Musharraf shows that there is no motivation by him to return Pakistan to a democracy.''

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