WILPF US Statement on the Assasination of Benazir Bhutto January 4, 2008

WILPF US Statement on the Assasination of Benazir Bhutto January 4, 2008

 

The political assassination of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto was an egregious assault on Pakistan's democratic possibilities. We are saddened by her death and believe that the $10 billion invested in Pakistan by the U.S. government since 9/11 should have been accompanied by requirements for Ms. Bhutto's protection. Her return from exile was brokered by the U.S. which insisted, along with Britain, that she participate in the upcoming election as a candidate for president on the People's Party ticket.

 

The first woman leader of a Muslim country, her death can only lead to more violence and destabilization in Pakistan and the region. The military rule of President Musharraf, a close ally of the U.S. in the so called "war on terror," is supported by nuclear arms and a half-million person army. Bhutto's death is further evidence of another U.S. failed policy.

 

The people of Pakistan must be given the opportunity for free and democratic elections. The U.S. Section of The Women's International League for Peace and Freedom supports true political freedom and condemns both the action and inaction that brought about this tragedy.

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