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Benazir Bhutto

Benazir Bhutto’s March into History

By Adnan Gill

Open a newspaper or tune-in a news channel and odds of Pakistan being in the headlines are at least 50-50. But December 27, 2007, would be immortalized in the annals of history. It is the day when the leader of Pakistan's largest political party, Benazir Bhutto was assassinated. Despite the fact that Ms. Bhutto was not a sitting Prime Minister, still her assassination would be remembered as an event that shook up the world, just like the assassination of US President John F. Kennedy did decades ago.

Pakistan’s Instability poses serious questions about $10 billion ‘Democracy Investment’ by U.S.

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent Asian Tribune

Benazir BhuttoWith the assassination of Pakistan’s opposition leader and Harvard educated Benazir Bhutto on Thursday in Rawalpindi after an election rally the once hotly debated issue among American lawmakers and analysts has now re-emerged: What happened to the US$10 billion investment by the United States, since 9/11,to root out terrorism to bring a viable democracy in Pakistan to prevent the vast nuclear arsenal that nation has falling into the wrong hands? Since the breaking news of her demise almost all American media networks have been posing this question: Did the Bush administration’s ‘export of democracy’ project failed in Pakistan?

Commonwealth condemns Bhutto killing will complicate Pakistan's readmission to organization

Neville de Silva Diplomatic Editor Asian Tribune

Benazir BhuttoFormer Pakistan prime minister Benazir Bhutto's assassination was described as a "dark day for Pakistan and the Commonwealth" by the London-based organisation's retiring secretary-general Don McKinnon. "I strongly condemn this outrageous act. Violence can serve no useful purpose in any society, especially in one that is seeking to rebuild democracy and reconcile deep divisions. Such an act can only strengthen the hands of those who seek to repudiate the path of democracy and dialogue," said McKinnon whose organization last month suspended Pakistan from the Commonwealth and was looking forward to the restoration of democracy and the rule of law in the coming months.

Racial Discrimination in the US in Violation of Geneva Convention charges Major Human Rights Network

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent Asian Tribune

A report released early December by the US Human Rights Network (USHRN), a coalition of over 250 social justice and human rights groups across the United States, charged the Bush Administration with failing to comply with its obligations under the International Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD), an international treaty that carries the force of law in the United States. The report was filed with the United Nations committee that monitors compliance with the treaty based in Geneva.

U.N. To Seek Accountability in Algiers Bombing

By Thalif Deen, Inter Press Service

The United Nations is expected to launch a full scale investigation into the circumstances that led to the December terrorist attack on U.N. offices in Algiers. The attack, one of the most tragic episodes in the history of the world body, claimed the lives of 17 staffers. The investigation will also ascertain whether any senior U.N. management officials should be held accountable for security lapses that may have led to the attack, which Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said, had "shocked and overwhelmed" him.

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Sri Lanka Government condemns Ms. Benazir Bhutto assassination

Benazir BhuttoSri Lanka has expressed its strongest condemnation on the brutal attack on Benazir Bhutto. “This brutal assassination, underlines the need for the absolute commitment to fight against terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, in order to make it unacceptable in civilized society, Sri Lanka Government’s statement said. Meanwhile Sri Lanka’s Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama also conveyed his shock and dismay yesterday at the assassination of Former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto by terrorists in Rawalpindi. The Minister described the late Mrs. Bhutto as one who had committed herself with vigour to upholding democracy and creating a pluralistic polity in Pakistan. He described her assassination as an attempt by terrorists to cause instability, disrupt the democratic process and the way forward in Pakistan.


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