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HAS MUSHARRAF DONE THE RIGHT THING ?
Police have used tear gas and baton charges to break up demonstrations by Pakistani lawyers against the country’s state of emergency. Lawyers said many colleagues were arrested as protests were dispersed in Lahore, Karachi and Rawalpindi. The Islamic party Jamaat-e-Islami was also targeted, saying hundreds of its members were arrested overnight. President Pervez Musharraf declared the emergency on Saturday, saying he was acting to curb extremism. Critics, however, believe General Musharraf was acting to pre-empt a judgment by the Supreme Court on whether his re-election last month was legal.
WHAT DO YOU THINK ?
Do you accept this logic of his 3 stages of democracy – starting with stage 1, he says, which was the original coup back in 1999, ending with the events of the weekend — stage 3. Did he have another option ? How does he keep the lawyers, the executive and the legislature all in place ? Will he keep the military on board ? Will this become violent ? What should the US and the EU do next ? They donate billions every year as part of the war on terror – what should happen to that aid money now ?
JEHOVAH’S WITNESS — LIFE VERSUS FAITH
A young mother has died after giving birth to twins, following claims that she had refused a blood transfusion because of her faith. Jehovah’s Witness Emma Gough was 22 when she gave birth — the babies are healthy and well. The hospital, here in the UK, is refusing to comment on reports she had refused a blood transfusion. One family friend however is being quoted as saying “We follow the Bible and abstain from blood and I’ve got no reason to believe that Emma didn’t share those views.” Jehovah’s Witnesses refuse blood transfusions because they believe that God has forbidden it in the Bible. They believe that accepting a blood transfusion is a sin.
Should doctors ignore this kind belief, if it’s life and death ? Should we always – ALWAYS – respect someone’s faith ? What about the twins — they now have a 24 year old Dad, and no Mother. This stance is born out of one part of the Bible — a book written thousands of years ago, can, or should, it still be applied today ?
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