Statement from the Irish Supreme Muslim Coucil on the Assassination of Dr. Benazir Bhutto | December 27, 2007

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PRESS RELEASE 27th December 2007

On behalf of the Supreme Muslim Council of Ireland we wish to express our outrage at the assassination of Ms. Benazir Bhutto in Pakistan. Whatever one's opinion of Ms. Bhutto's politics, she remained a patriot to her country, a strong advocate of women's rights in a patriarchal society, and fearless in the face of numerous threats on her life from extremists.

Her murder represents a direct attack on democracy, not only in Pakistan but through-out the region. T he Pakistani nation will require their state to rescue its people from these dark days illustrated by this terrible tragedy and cowardly act by despotic people into the light of peace.

Her murder is a sad reflection of the innate horror that permeates the Muslim World and unless Muslims can rise to destroy this paradigm of hate, more horrific murders will take place.

Bhutto's death is a terrible tragedy and an historic act of brutality which must not be allowed to go unpunished. The present Benazir Bhutto stood for everything people wanted in Pakistan, a tolerant, plural and democratic Islam; therefore her death should convulse all forces standing for the good.

We hope that it will not be very hard to find a Pakistan in peace after this.

Ms. Bhutto will be remembered by all the freedom- loving people of the world and her death must be the seed of democracy and social justice in Pakistan.

We call on the authorities in Pakistan to leave no stone unturned in bringing the perpetrators to justice, and to restore the right of the people to choose their political leadership without the duress of force from those who wish to ferment chaos.

Sheikh Shaheed Satardien Chairman

Mohammed AlKabour Secretary

Tauseef Sarwar Treasurer

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