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Pakistan refuses Commonwealth observers

27 December, 2007

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Pakistan Foreign Office made it clear that the government was in no mood to accommodate observers from the Commonwealth at this juncture since it had suspended Pakistan’s membership.

Whereas, Pakistan will be hosting hundreds of foreign election observers, comprising Parliamentarians, NGO representatives, officials and media persons from several countries, including the US and the European Union, for the January 8 polls in the country.

Observer passes would give the visiting foreign monitors access to polling stations, the election officers and other stakeholders, he stated.

Keeping inview the above paragraphs what do you think

Q.1 Is it a good decision that Pakistan refused visas to Commonwealth observers?
Q.2 Should Pakisan become again Commonwealth member and allow its observers to monitor elections?
Q.3 Should Pakistan stay away from Commonwealth membership?

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