ISNA Strongly Condemns Bhutto Assassination: Offers Condolences to Families of Deceased
The Islamic Society of North America condemns in the strongest terms the assassination of Former Pakistan Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto who was killed along with numerous supporters in Rawalpindi today. Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’un. “To God we belong and to Him we return” (Qur’an 2:156). We offer condolences and sympathies to the families of Mrs. Bhutto and others killed and injured by this murderous attack. May God have mercy upon the souls of the deceased and give comfort to their families and friends.
The people of Pakistan deserve to live in a country free of violence, vigilante action, instability and insecurity. The vast majority of Pakistanis reject the message and methods of militant extremists; indeed, they are the primary victims of their violence and criminality. Such extremists will only be fully marginalized and disempowered if those who hold political office in Pakistan scrupulously uphold the rule of law, respect the human and civil rights of the people and act in their interests along the pathway of democracy. We urge the government of the United States in all its dealings with Pakistan to consider paramount the aspirations of the Pakistani people for a dignified life in a stable and democratic country.
We commiserate with our Pakistani-American community in this hour of distress. ISNA is committed to working with their leadership and organizations to address concerns about US-Pakistan relations and to work for peace, stability and democracy in Pakistan.