Thursday, December 27, 2007

Statement from the Jamaat-e-Islami Party on the Assassination of Benazir Bhutto

Qazi gives strike call to mourn Ms. Bhutto demise

LAHORE, Dec 27: Expressing deep sorrow and grief over the assassination of PPP chairperson Benazir Bhutto in bomb blast at a public rally in Rawalpindi on Thursday Qazi Hussain Ahmad, Ameer of Jamaat-e-Islami Pakistan Qazi Hussain Ahmad has given a general strike call on Friday to mourn the killing of former prime minister. In a statement on Friday Qazi Hussain Ahmad regretted that demise of Ms. Bhutto was yet another serve blow the Bhutto family. The family had witnessed series of tragic deaths of late Z.A. Bhutto sons and now her daughter met the same fate which is an irreparable loss for the family.Qazi Hussain Ahmad said that notwithstanding the fact that PPP and Jamaat-e-Islami adhere to distinct and different ideologies but it does not bar him to condemn the assassination of Ms Benazir Bhutto which has caused vacuum in the political arena. "The nation would not allow the political slaves of Pervez Musharraf to fill this vacuum." He held President Pervez Musharraf responsible for the death of Benazir Bhutto saying he is accountable for all the mess across the country. He expressed sympathy with the PPP leadership and workers in this hour of grief and invited them to turn this grief into source of strength. He appealed them to extend cooperation to the opposition parties in their struggle against removing Pervez Musharraf from power since his polices have brought the country to verge of collapse. Meanwhile, Qazi Hussain Ahmad spoke to PPP leader Makdoom Amin Faheem and shared his grief and sorrow over the death of their leader. Qazi Hussain Ahmad prayed the Allah Almighty that may He rest the soul of Benazir Bhutto's and those who killed in the blast in eternal peace. He also prayed for the early recovery of all those injured. [Source:]

Benazir Bhutto (1953-2007)
Two-time former prime minister Benazir Bhutto joins a long list of her immediate family who have meet violent ends. Her father, former prime minister Zulfiqar 'Ali Bhutto, was overthrown in 1977 by the Pakistani military headed by General Zia ul-Haqq and was hanged two years later. Her brothers Shahnawaz and Mir Murtaza were both murdered, allegedly by Pakistan's powerful Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI). Dogged by allegations of corruption, Benazir returned to Pakistan in October 2007 with the goal of challenging current Pakistani president and autocrat Pervez Musharraff. Many of her supporters have blamed the president and the ISI, perhaps with radical al-Qa'ida or similar elements, for her murder. No evidence, however, has yet been uncovered.
Her return was to a large degree organized by the United States and British governments who saw Bhutto and her Pakistan People's Party as the key to Musharraff's survival. With her assassination, the PPP has been left leaderless since Benazir had previously named herself chairperson for life. Pakistani journalist Ahmed Rashid commented on an NPR special today that the Bhuttos (her father founded the PPP) never planned for a succession process outside of their immediate family. Many analysts believe now with her death, the PPP will splinter into different factions which will lessen its political impact.
Early reporting in the U.S. about her assassination has tended to ignore or downplay past controversies and sanctified Benazir's role as a democratically-minded politician. Despite the debateable nature of some claims made about her today, her assassination may mark yet another descent into chaos for Pakistan. Many Pakistanis, such as the protesting lawyers, have challenged the one-man rule which has existed in the country since Musharraff came to power through a military coup in 1999, supported by the U.S. and Great Britain since September 2001.

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