LONDON - The Commonwealth readmitted Pakistan as a full member on Monday after a six-month suspension triggered by a clampdown by President Pervez Musharraf. The Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group on the Harare Declaration (CMAG) in its twenty-ninth meeting at Marlborough House in London announced the decision. The meeting was attended by Akwasi Osei Adjei, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ghana; Dr Rais Yatim, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Malaysia; Marco Hausiku, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Namibia; Winston Peters, Minister of Foreign Affairs of New Zealand; Rohitha Bogollagama, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka; Sam Kutesa, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Uganda; Lord (Mark) Malloch-Brown, UK Minister for Africa, Asia and the UN; Jean Kekedo, High Commissioner of Papua New Guinea to the UK; and Eldridge Stephens, High Commissioner of St Lucia to the UK. CMAG received a report from the Chairman on his recent visit to Pakistan in April 2008. It also received a report from the Secretary-General on the Secretariat's engagement with Pakistan and developments in that country since CMAG's last meeting on 22 November 2007. The Group welcomed the fact that President Pervez Musharraf had given up his role as Chief of Army Staff on November 28, 2007. The separation of the offices of the Head of State and COAS in Pakistan had met a long-standing requirement of Commonwealth leaders. CMAG noted that the state of emergency imposed on November 3, 2007 was lifted on December 15, 2007. The Constitution had been subsequently restored along with the fundamental rights of the people that had been suspended during the period of the emergency. The Group commended the holding of parliamentary elections in Pakistan on February 18 and the transition to a democratically elected government. It noted that while most observers of the polls had found them to be reasonably credible and the results accepted by all parties, there was need for reform. In this regard, it welcomed the new Government's stated intention to reform the Election Commission and enhance its independence. CMAG welcomed the recent removal of curbs on private media broadcasts and other restrictions on the press that had continued to be in place even after the Emergency was lifted on 15 December 2007. It also noted that political detainees and activists arrested under the proclamation of emergency had now been released. Recalling the call made by CMAG at its last meeting with regard to restoring the independence of the judiciary as an institution, the Group welcomed the new Government's stated resolve to do so.  It urged Pakistan to respect the Commonwealth Latimer House Principles 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. CMAG agreed that, since it last met on 22 November 2007, the Government of Pakistan had taken positive steps to fulfil its obligations in accordance with Commonwealth fundamental values and principles. The group accordingly decided that Pakistan is now restored to the Councils of the Commonwealth. CMAG requested the Secretary-General Commonwealth to continue to offer technical assistance to the Government of Pakistan, as appropriate, to support the further strengthening of democratic institutions and processes in the country. CMAG also urged other Commonwealth Members to provide similar assistance. NNI from Islamabad adds: Pakistan has welcomed the decision of Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group ending Pakistan's suspension from the Councils of the Commonwealth. In a statement issued Monday, Foreign Office said Pakistan looks forward to work together with the Commonwealth for furthering the objectives of the organisation and making active contribution towards achievement of its goals.