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Giuliani focuses on terrorist threat in reaction to assassination of Bhutto

Giuliani focuses on terrorist threat in reaction to assassination of Bhutto

Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani said Thursday the assassination of Benazir Bhutto underscores a need for the U.S. to increase its efforts to combat terrorism.
The former New York mayor, who was in charge of the city when terrorists struck on Sept. 11, 2001, called the assassination a "tragic event for Pakistan and for democracy in Pakistan."
"Her murderers must be brought to justice, and Pakistan must continue the path back to democracy and the rule of law," Giuliani said in a statement. "Her death is a reminder that terrorism anywhere _ whether in New York, London, Tel-Aviv or Rawalpindi _ is an enemy of freedom. We must redouble our efforts to win the terrorists' war on us."
The Bush administration has pushed hard for peaceful elections in Pakistan, a nuclear-armed nation led by President Pervez Musharraf, a U.S. ally in the anti-terror war.
Bhutto was killed in an attack on an election rally in Rawalpindi. At least 20 others were killed in the blast that took place as Bhutto left the rally where she addressed thousands of supporters in her campaign for Jan. 8 parliamentary elections.
Republican candidate Mike Huckabee called the turn of event "devastating news for the people of Pakistan, and my prayers go out to them."
"The terrible violence surrounding Pakistan's upcoming election stands in stark contrast to the peaceful transition of power that we embrace in our country through our Constitution," Huckabee said in a statement. "On this sad day, we are reminded that while our democracy has flaws, it stands as a shining beacon of hope for nations and people around the world who seek peace and opportunity through self-government."


Updated : 2021-07-25 02:42 GMT+08:00