| GEO Pakistan|
| Pakistan regains Commonwealth membership|
| Updated at: 1934 PST, Monday, May 12, 2008|
LONDON: The Commonwealth re-admitted Pakistan as a full member on Monday after a six-month suspension triggered by imposition of emergency in Pakistan on November 3, 2007.
The suspension was lifted after a meeting of key ministers of the 53-nation Commonwealth in London.
The Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group (CMAG) agreed that since November "the government of Pakistan has taken positive steps to fulfil its obligations in accordance with Commonwealth fundamental values and principles."
Commonwealth also urged Pakistan to "reinforce the independence of the judiciary and resolve current issues through the parliamentary process as soon as possible so that it contributes to democratic political stability in Pakistan."
"There (is) need for reform. In this regard it welcomes the new government's state intention to reform the election commission and enhance its independence," the statement added.