(WASHINGTON, D.C., 12/27/07) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today condemned the assassination of former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazzir Bhutto, who was killed this morning in an attack in Rawalpindi, Pakistan. At least twenty other people died in the attack.
SEE: Benazir Bhutto Assassinated (CNN)
In a statement, CAIR said:
“We condemn this cowardly terrorist act, and offer our condolences to the Bhutto family and the families of the others who were killed.
“We stand in sympathy with the Pakistani people, who suffered a great loss when violence rather than a peaceful political process, decided the fate of former Prime Minister Bhutto. Political assassinations fly in the face of Islamic and universal principles.
“In the heightened instability, Pakistani Americans fear for the safety of the people of Pakistan, and for family and friends living in or visiting the area.
“We hope the Pakistani government will do everything to investigate the attack and bring the perpetrators to justice, and to restore security and order to prevent further bloodshed. We pray that the Pakistani people will maintain their commitment to a democratic, non-violent process.”
CAIR, America’s largest Muslim civil liberties group, has 33 offices, chapters and affiliates nationwide and in Canada. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
CONTACT: CAIR Media Relations Director Ahmed Rehab, US +1 2028700166 Call , E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; CAIR Communications Coordinator Amina Rubin, US +1 2023414171 Call , E-Mail: email@example.com