Civil Society Organisations Condemn Benazir’s Killing
1 January 2008
The Daily Times
Lahore: The Human Rights Society of Pakistan (HRSP), Kashmir Action Committee of Pakistan (KACP), Pakistan Medical Society (PMS) and the All Pakistan Trade Union Federation (APTUF) on Tuesday expressed sorrow and passed separate resolutions over the assassination of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) chairperson Benazir Bhutto. According to separate statements issued on Tuesday, meetings were held at the offices of the HRSP, KACP, PMS and the APTUF. HRSP chairman SM Zaffar, chairing a meeting, termed the martyrdom of Benazir Bhutto a national tragedy. He said people hailing from all the four provinces expressed their sorrow over her assassination. “It shows that Ms Bhutto was a symbol of federation in Pakistan,” he said. He said the PPP’s decision to take part in the coming general elections was a good omen and the best tribute paid to late Ms Bhutto. “She also wanted to take part in the elections despite the dangers and difficulties,” he said. The HRSP members passed a resolution, demanding fair and transparent enquiry into the killing of Benazir Bhutto. They also demanded that politicians should unite and set aside their personal differences. They also urged the masses to express their grievances in a peaceful way. The resolution asks all non-government organisations (NGOs) to conduct seminars on the life of Benazir Bhutto. PMS: PMS chairman Dr Masood Akhter Sheikh termed the brutal killing of Benazir Bhutto an irrevocable national loss. He said it was time for the leadership of the country to unite and work for democracy. He also prayed for the eternal peace of the departed soul and that Allah Almighty give patience to the bereaved family and party supporters. KACP: The KACP members said Pakistan had been deprived of a great visionary leader who had been capable of taking the country out of the present crisis. They said the people of Jammu and Kashmir had pinned their hopes on Benazir Bhutto’s leadership qualities and believed that she would have resolved the Kashmir issue. APTUF: The APTUF members passed a resolution, urging the government to unveil the real murderers of Benazir Bhutto. They also demanded that the government should conduct fair and transparent general elections in the country and restore law and order as soon as possible. They said the government should take steps to solve the issues of price-hike and unemployment in the country besides restoring the judiciary.