Feinstein, Lantos respond to Bhutto assassination
Benazir Bhutto, 1953-2007.
Photo courtesy Santa Clara
By Ari Burack
December 28, 2007
The assassination of former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir
Bhutto has shocked and outraged two California's lawmakers in
Both U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and U.S. Rep. Tom
Lantos, D-Calif., issued statements condemning Bhutto's murder
Thursday in Rawalpindi, Pakistan.
Bhutto, 54, had returned to Pakistan in October as leader of
the opposition Pakistan Peoples Party. She was killed during a
political rally, reportedly during a combined shooting and suicide
"She was a brave woman who had the courage to return to
Pakistan in the face of death threats, and she survived a previous
attack on her life just two months ago," Feinstein said.
"My heart and thoughts go out to her family and to the
people of Pakistan, and I condemn this attack in the strongest
possible terms," she added.
Lantos, who chairs the Foreign Affairs Committee of the U.S.
House of Representatives, called the assassination "a tragedy"
and "a cowardly attack by extremist elements."
"Madam Bhutto was a stalwart of moderation, a force for
democratic values, and a personal friend," Lantos said.
"It is up to all of us to make sure that those who have
perpetrated this hideous act are brought to justice, and that
those who continue to spew the venomous, hate-filled rhetoric
of extremism are vanquished," Lantos said.
Added Feinstein, "My hope and prayer is that the Pakistani
people will pull together and allow the country to proceed on
its road to democracy."
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