Kathmandu, January 22:
The Professional Alliance for Peace and Democracy (PAPAD) today issued a seven-day ultimatum and urged the King to form an all-party government. The professional body threatened to hit the streets if their demands are not met.
Following todayâ€™s emergency meeting organised to discuss the current political developments, the PAPAD has decided to hit the streets from January 30 if their demands are not fulfilled.
â€œIt is our compulsion to come out on the streets after the governmentâ€™s detention of party leaders, human rights activists and civil society members,â€ president of Nepal Bar Association, Shambhu Thapa, said after the meeting.
â€œOur roles cannot be limited to our professions only,â€ he added. The PAPAD is made up of different associations of lawyers, journalists, doctors, engineers, and university and school teachers.
â€œOur job is to plead in courts, but that will not help restore democracy,â€ Thapa said. He also urged all the law professionals to take part in the rally to be organised by PAPAD on January 30. Otherwise the lawyers will face NBAâ€™s disciplinary actions, he warned.
â€œWe must oppose the unconstitutional move of the government to detain party and civil society leaders,â€ Thapa said. Dr Sudha Sharma, president of Nepal Medical Doctorsâ€™ Association, also urged professionals from all walks of life to attend the protest rally to put pressure on the government. â€œThe government should call on the political parties and the Maoists to try to resolve the ongoing crisis. War is intolerable and should be stopped immediately,â€ she said.
President of the Federation of Nepalese Journalists, Bishnu Nisthuri, said that the rally would provide an opportunity for the people to identify themselves either with the peopleâ€™s movement or with the autocracy. â€œIf you want to see the people strengthened, come forward with clear views,â€ Nisthuri said.