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40 Pakistani parties want US notorious prisons shut

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Islamabad, June 26, IRNA
Pakistan-US
More than 40 political and religious parties in Pakistan as well as professional groups on Sunday demanded closure of all the notorious prisons in Iraq, Afghanistan and Guantanamo Bay at Cuba.

The conference Tehrik Hurmat-e Quran conference called for declaring the Guantanamo inmates as Prisoners of War and providing them all human and legal rights under the Geneva Convention.

"The conference demands that those proved innocent at Guantanamo prison should be compensated for the brutal behavior meted to them during detention," said a two-page declaration, adopted at the conclusion of the one-day conference.

The declaration also urged the International Court of Justice and the UN Human Rights Commission to pay its effective role in this regard.

The conference noted that desecration of the Holy Quran by the American soldiers has hurt the sentiments of 1.5 billion Muslims.

"The entire Muslim world was shocked and perturbed at the desecration. The conference feels that the desecration was not an individual act but the American administration is itself responsible for the incident."
The conference demanded of the US government to tender unconditional apology and also to ensure that incident of desecration of the Holy Quran and Islamic values should not occur again.

The conference rejected as insufficient and partial the
investigating report by Pentagon and called for an inquiry committee by impartial international personalities.

"The committee members should be allowed to have access to US detention centers. The committee should hold inquiry in the light of UN charter and that all its findings with recommendations should be made public across the world to punish the responsible."
The conference urged Islamic governments to distance themselves from the US war, which it has launched under the pretext of war on terror against the Muslims.

"The Muslim nations should declare that they will not be bound to honor any agreement with the US government if Washington did not respect the sentiments of Muslims."
The conference appealed to the Supreme Court to take sue motto notice and order the release from Pakistani jails of the freed Guantanamo's former prisoners. "The SC must determine as to who are responsible for sending and physically torturing of innocent people." The conference also asked religious scholars and imams to keep on condemning US government unless it apologizes for desecration of the Holy Quran.

The conference thanked those non-Muslim personalities for their condemnation to the Quran's desecration and decided to form a committee to chalk out future strategy in view of inhuman American and Israeli prisons.

The Tehrik Hurmat-e Quran announced support to the struggle of Muslims in Palestine, Iraq, Kashmir, Afghanistan, Chechnya and Philippines.

It said Jihad is the only way to stop terrorism.

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